1959 is often considered an extremely influential year in the development of modern jazz with a number of new sub genres within jazz coming to the fore in this year. 1959 spawned some of jazz’s finest albums of all times including of course Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and Dave Brubeck’s Time Out.
The concept of creating a performance focusing on the music of this seminal year has been developing for Neil over the last couple of years. This is due in part due to his interest in the music of Dave Brubeck due to the band’s very successful Brubeck Project. Neil also has come to realise he has a real affinity with the ‘50s approach to jazz, of which 1959 seems, to Neil, to reach a high point. As a jazz educator Neil is also interested in the different approaches to improvisation that the new compositions in 1959 introduced.
The project has now been running since 2018 and is still going strong, with a number of shows already planned or in the pipeline.
To see all the Neil Maya Quartet’s gigs including for the 1959 project check out the band’s gig diary
The Neil Maya Quartet has become regular feature at Teignmouth Jazz and Blues Festival. This year we were all very excited about his new project, 1959 The Golden Year of Jazz and we weren’t disappointed!Sarah & Neil Whitmore, Teignmouth Jazz & Blues Club, Nov 2018
The band played to a packed room, all of whom were engrossed in the music and Neil’s chatty explanations ahead of each number.
The musicianship and enthusiasm of Neil’s band is as good as you will hear anywhere. If you get the chance to see this great band in action, be sure not to miss it, you won’t be disappointed.
Woolacombe was pleased to welcome you to our village hall for your 1959 performance on 25th Jan.Peter Little, Beaford Arts, Feb 19
o my knowledge this was the first “modern Jazz” night held in Woolacombe. As a Beaford promoter I know how difficult it can be to attract sufficient audience numbers to create a good atmosphere and send folk home with happy memories of “a great night out”. You certainly achieved that , musicianship was spell binding and many compliments have been received all enthusing about their experience.
Neil’s passion is 1950’s jazz and his quartet do it so well. The passion comes through in the performance and the audience feel it too, loving every minute right through to the final encore.David Walden Fougou Jazz, Torbay Feb 2019
Exceeded anything we could have hoped for. A superb evening of jazz. Anyone who loves jazz should go and see this.Calstock Arts April 2019