The Neil Maya Quartet is a collective of some of the finest musicians based in the southwest today, dedicated to bringing you some of the finest jazz-based music that has ever existed.

The band was originally conceived by Neil Maya and pianist Tom Unwin back in 2001 soon after Neil moved to Devon. Over the years the band has played at most jazz venues in the Southwest and beyond. It’s also played at many other venues and also works for rural touring schemes throughout the country on a regular basis. The band started off playing compositions by both Neil and Tom and re-workings of standards (see the Originals and Standards project). Over the years, other projects have also developed which have brought in other musicians as well, including: The Brubeck Project, 1959: The Golden Year Of Jazz and Cartoon Jazz. More occasionally, the band has also played other tributes including to Clifford Brown, Horace Silver and Herbie Hancock, often bringing in trumpeters such as Andy Hague, Dave Holdsworth and Robin Pengelley.

Also born out of the quartet is the five piece Jazz Funk Emporium and the Neil Maya, Tom Ball duo.

The Neil Maya Quartet has also gone on to form the core of the function bands, The Drat Pack, Solar and Lush Life.

Over the years the band has released two CDs, Out of the Woodshed in 2006, Bread and Circuses in 2009 and a joint CD DVD of the Brubeck Project Live in 2017 which can be purchased at the band’s online shop here.

Bread and Circuses (2009)
Out of the Woodshed (2006)

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For more information or to book The Neil Maya Quartet, contact Neil:

01364 653782
07951 335078

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