Jon Mayer Trio

Los Angeles based pianist Jon Mayer was a regular member of the thriving NYC/Paris jazz scene of the 1950's, playing with Kenny Dorham, Tony Scott, Pete LaRoca, Ray Draper, Chuck Israels, Chet Baker and Kenny Clarke.

Eventually he recorded with two of the greatest saxophonists ever: Jackie McLean on "Strange Blues" (Prestige/OJC) and John Coltrane on the legendary "I Talk With The Trees" date, issued as part of Coltrane's "Like Sonny" (Roulette).

In the '60s and '70s, Mayer remained active, playing in both New York and Europe with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Dionne Warwick, Sarah Vaughan and the Manhattan Transfer, and writing songs recorded by Les McCann and Nancy Wilson.

A 13 year period of professional inactivity ended in 1991, with a move to Los Angeles, and performances with Les McCann.

His long-overdue debut recording as a leader, 1996's "Round Up The Usual Suspects", featured Ron Carter and Billy Higgins. He has subsequently released a series of recordings with a who's who of great sidemen, including Ernie Watts, Rufus Reid, Roy McCurdy, Dick Berk, Victor Lewis, Chuck Israels, and Bob Maize.

For over six years, bassist Robb Fisher toured and recorded with the legendary Cal Tjader, anchoring Cal's Grammy Award winning album, "La Onda Va Bien" and Grammy Nominee album, "Gozame Pero Ya." He has also worked extensively and recorded with such jazz and Latin luminaries as Chet Baker, Art Pepper, Carmen McRae, Tania Marķa, Clare Fischer, and Rob Schneidermann. He continues to be one of the Bay Area's first call sidemen, for top local and visiting performers.

Robb appeared here previously with saxophonist Doug Webb.

Drummer Akira Tana was born in San Jose, California. He received degrees in East Asian Studies from Harvard University in 1974 and percussion from the New England Conservatory in 1979.

Tana co-led a quintet for approximately 10 years with bassist Rufus Reid, called TanaReid, which released six CDs. His concert, club and recording credits include Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Zoot Sims, Hubert Laws, Milt Jackson, Jim Hall, Art Farmer, The Paul Winter Consort, Paquito D'Rivera, James Moody, J.J. Johnson, Lena Horne, the Heath Brothers and The Manhattan Transfer.

He has also performed at the Tanglewood Festival under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa and Gunther Schuller and accompanied diverse artists such as Charles Aznavour, Maurice Hines and Van Dyke Parks with performances on over 100 recordings.

Recently relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area after 20 years in New York City, Tana continues to be active on the international jazz scene.

Akira appeared here previously with Larry Vuckovich and Jerome Sabbagh.