"I was very impressed by the quality of playing when the excellent Neil Maya Quartet performed to an appreciative audience at The Keay Theatre, St Austell. The musicians worked together as a tight unit, their individual skills highlighted with empathy and understatement. Neil Maya's playing on his own compositions was particularly moving and poignant and the quartet moved easily from ballads to swing and jazz funk. An excellent, varied evening of contemporary jazz by some of the South West's leading musicians, go see them if you get the chance, you won't be disappointed"
Phil Webb, Programme Co-ordinator, The Keay Theatre, Cornwall
"The Neil Maya Quartet were "fantastic, playing lively vibrant jazz that was areal hit with the audience".
Debbie Di-Bello, General Manager, Flavel Arts Centre Dartmouth
It's always pleasing to see a band we have booked for our festival perform so well. Your gig at the Clifford Arms was excellent, you all play so well together. Your original tunes were great but I must say your version of the Mingus Fabus of Faubus was simply brilliant! looking forward to seeing you all again.
Ian Pennicott, Secretary, Friends of Teignmouth Jazz Festival
"Thanks again to you and the others for an absolutely brilliant evening.- it was some of the most exciting jazz I have ever heard and we got lots ofsimilar comments from other people." Lorna Howell, Lukesland Gardens, (October 2006).
The Neil Maya Quartet made a very welcome return to the Exeter Jazz Club atthe Globe Inn on Thursday 28th Sept and produced a superb, masterly performance. On this showing this must be one of the finest 'Modern Jazz'[whatever that means these days!] in the SW, if not the UK. Ian Emby, Exeter Jazz Club, Globe Inn (19-10-06)
"We, at Speakeasy Jazz, have often invited The Neil Maya Quartet to entertain our patrons. They are an extremely talented group of fine musicians with a large repertoire and can be relied upon to tailor their performance to suit every occasion. The quartet are a first class contemporary jazz outfit who play to entertain their audience. Highly recommended!" Speakeasy Jazz Club 2006
The event was sponsored by Villages in Action, a rural touring scheme which helps to promote top-quality professional performances in village communities. The band played an eclectic mix of contemporary jazz, including their own material and versions of standard arrangements from legends such as Chick Corea and Django Reinhardt. Neil Maya introduced each item with some relaxed but informative background, and as well as the standard quartet instruments of drums, saxophone, keyboard and double bass they also showcased pieces featuring the clarinet and bass guitar. Each number and all the solos were enthusiastically applauded, and at the end of the evening the band was happy to accede to the unanimous calls for an encore.
The Jazz Night drew an audience from the surrounding villages as well as from Dalwood. All 80 tickets were sold in advance, and the event raised a total profit of £340 for Dalwood Village Hall. Dalwood Village Hall May 2007
A terrific evening! So good to bring this calibre of jazz to the hall and so wonderful to introduce jazz to people who have never had the chance to hear it live before. We had an audience aged 9 to 82. Dawn Sherrell, Organisor, Villages in Action, Peter Tavy Village Hall
The feedback from the audience was 100% positive. The most frequent comment was "I'm not a jazz fan, but I really enjoyed that"! Everything about the gig was perfect, the choice of material drew in gently those with less knowledge of your material, the interplay with the audience was nicely done and the energy kept on building right to the final number. You have a lot of new fans in Meavy and Dousland. Thank you! Graham Dimmock , Meavy Village Hall, Oct 07.
Excellent performance, thoroughly enjoyed by all including non-jazz enthusiasts. Attracted a lot of outsiders. More jazz especially modern needed. Barbara Faraday, Northleigh Village Hall
The playing was totally professional with plenty of raw energy, and yet movingly personal at times.
Peter Mooring, St Just Methodist Church for Carn to Cove
Your evening with us was absolutely wonderful with an incredible mix of music all played with great enthusiasm and skill and with a real rapport with the audience. Celia Hargrave, Air In G organiser for Sheepscombe Village Hall Jan 08
Such skilled musicianship and interesting and innovative arrangements were the hallmark of the evening, with each number out-doing the one before. Excellent solos from each of the very talented musicians and a combination of skill cheered the audience and left them wanting more. An excellent evening!
Linda Collins, Carn to Cove Organiser, Praa Sands Community Hall Dec 07
Coming up from the deeper south-west to Ilminster was a treat for jazz fans and music-lovers generally. It was a well-organised and convivial evening Anthony Pither, May 2009
Sheepscombe Review Jan 2008
"Thank you for a such a pleasurable, entertaining and professionally performed event last Saturday evening. Great feedback from the audience, including some who had never experienced live jazz before and didn't really know what to expect. Please pass our thanks to Marcus, Tom and Gary and we'll hope to see you again in the future.
Sheena Hunter-Hedges Thorverton Memorial Hall