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Uncharted: Michael Mayo
Thursday, April 14
Doors at 7:30 pm, Show at 8:00pm
Whether Michael Mayo is performing with his band, as a guest, or alone with a looper pedal, the LA native’s commanding and otherworldly vocalese is quickly gathering critical and commercial acclaim around the globe. Born to two successful musicians, Mayo grew up just a little more than 20 feet from the likes of Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Earth Wind and Fire, and Stevie Wonder. This proximity helped Mayo create a musical path centered around elements of R&B, Soul and Jazz, forging his musical identity long before he hit the stage. Mayo attended the acclaimed Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, only the third vocalist to be accepted into the 20-year-old program, where he learned from the likes of Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock.
Now living in Brooklyn, and still in his 20s, Mayo is a veteran international performer whose highlights include singing at the White House, the Kennedy Center and Renée Fleming’s American Voices Festival, as well as the Panama Jazz Festival. Most recently he has recorded and performed with Herbie Hancock, Jacob Collier, Kneebody, Gretchen Parlato, Josh Groban, Ben Wendel, and Becca Stevens among many others. His own band performance was a standout at the 2019 Playboy Jazz Festival, Atlanta Jazz Festival, and Monterey Jazz Festival. Signed to Mack Avenue/Artistry Records, Mayo’s debut record Bones, produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Eli Wolf (Norah Jones, Al Green, The Roots) was released on June 4th, 2021.
For his solo Uncharted performance on April 14, the versatile performer will present the debut of a new electroacoustic set, expanding his use of live vocal looping, keys, programming, samples and drum machine. Mayo will be taking advantage of Greenwich House Music School’s warm acoustics and intimate space to take some risks, explore his boundaries and show off his skills as a producer, composer and performer.