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January 6, 2008

New York Pianist Bill Mays Performs Two Canadian Concerts

Written by
cindy mcleod

jazz concerts, Canada


Bill Mays
Toronto – Jan 7
Ottawa – Jan 9

Mays to Appear in Solo and Trio Concerts

New York pianist and composer Bill Mays travels to Canada for a solo performance in Ottawa on Monday, Jan. 7 at the First Unitarian Church on Cleary Street in Ottawa, followed by an appearance as the Bill Mays Trio as part of the La Belle Epoque Music Series 2008 in Toronto on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

With deep roots in jazz, gospel, pop and classical music, Bill Mays’ eclectic, prolific career as pianist, composer and arranger spans five decades. Heard on hundreds of recordings, TV and movie sound tracks, Bill’s concert and studio credits include a who’s who of modern music, from Benny Golson to Gerry Mulligan to Sarah Vaughan.

Monday, January 7
Bill Mays Solo
First Unitarian Church on Cleary

Bill Mays performs a solo concert Monday evening at the First Unitarian Church on Cleary, with proceeds going toward the 925-seat community concert hall proposed on Elgin Street in Ottawa. Mays will perform selections based on his latest explorations drawing the links between jazz and classical music.

Wednesday, January 9
Bill Mays – Neil Swainson – Terry Clarke
Live at La Belle Epoque

La Belle Epoque Music Series 2008 welcomes Bill Mays to The Academy of Spherical Arts for his first engagement in this exciting new space. Joining Bill Mays are two revered Canadian rhythm section players with whom he has appeared many times in the past, most notably on record Live from the Montreal Bistro, Neil Swainson on bass and Terry Clarke on drums.

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