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.
Jon appeared here previously with his trio with Robb Fisher and Akira Tana.
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 María, 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 Doug Webb, Jon Mayer, and his own trio with Keith Saunders.
has been one of the first call drummers in the Bay Area for decades.
He has performed with numerous great jazz musicians over the years,
including Cal Tjader, Woody Herman, Vince Guaraldi, Stan Getz, Mark
Murphy, Flip Nunez, George Muribus, Kitty Margolis, Scott Hamilton,
Larry Vuckovich, Al Plank, Bruce Forman, Noel Jewkes, and Mark Levine.
He performed frequently at the late lamented Jazz at Pearl's, and has
long co-led a renowned jam session at the Dogpatch Saloon and 7 Mile
House with Andrew Speight.