The Jazz Session #592: Michael Mayo

Vocalist Michael Mayo is a dazzling interpreter, improviser and musician.  He comes from brilliant musical stock in the form of his parents Scott Mayo and Valerie Pinkston-Scott is currently Sergio Mendes musical director and Valerie has lent her vocals to artists ranging from Whitney Houston to Diana Ross. But Michael will tell us more about his parents during the course of our conversation. Michael grew up in Los Angeles, studied at the New England Conservatory and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, and now lives in New York. He’s recorded with Ben Wendel, performed with Shai Maestro, and toured with Herbie Hancock. His much-anticipated debut album “Bones” came out on Mack Avenue Records in 2021 and it did not disappoint.

Show Notes:
Tracklisting:
– You and You
– Hold On
– Burning Bright (With Ben Wendel, Live)
– 20 20
– Old Devil Moon (With Matthew Sheens)

Bones is available now on Mack Avenue Records

Theme music by The Respect Sextet
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Author: Nicky Schrire