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Event Archive - Los Angeles Pianist Jon Mayer and Drummer Roy McCurdy with Andre LaChance (bass): Andre Lachance, Roy McCurdy, Jon Mayer

Fri. December 2nd 2011 @  The Cellar Restaurant/Jazz Club (All Ages)
8:00pm - 11:00pm doors at 6:30pm
Presented by: The Cellar Restaurant/Jazz Club, Turner Music & Events

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Music: Jazz / Blues
Los Angeles Pianist Jon Mayer and Drummer Roy McCurdy with Andre LaChance (bass)

December 2nd and 3rd, 2011

Doors 6:30 pm Show 8:00 pm
Tickets: $17

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Jon Mayer was working professionally as a jazz pianist as a teen back in the '50s, while attending the Manhattan School of Music. As well as working as a sideman with Tony Scott, Kenny Dorham, Chet Baker, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Sarah Vaughan and others, along with taking part in record dates with John Coltrane and Jackie McLean, Mayer contributed original pop songs to a number of vocalist record dates, though he did not make his recording debut as a leader until 1995 with Round Up the Usual Suspects (Pullen Music).

During the past decade, Mayer has found a home with Reservoir; Nightscape is his fifth CD for the label, all of which feature seasoned bassist Rufus Reid, while this is the third date with drummer Roy McCurdy. Mayer doesn't attempt to dazzle with his technique, preferring to draw in with his variations on each theme. He mixes introspective lyricism with hard-bop drive.

Roy McCurdy will probably always be best-known for his important contributions to Cannonball Adderley's Quintet (1965-1975), but he has been a tasteful and stimulating participant in many other sessions through the years. Early on, he worked with Chuck and Gap Mangione in the Jazz Brothers (1960-1961). McCurdy gained recognition for his playing with the Jazztet (1961-1962), Bobby Timmons, Betty Carter (who was fairly obscure during his stint with her in 1962-1963), and Sonny Rollins (1963-1964) before joining Adderley. The supportive drummer was flexible enough to evolve with Cannonball's group during the decade of change.

After Adderley's death, McCurdy relocated to the Los Angeles area, where he has played and recorded with the top local musicians ever since. He has performed on between 150 and 200 recordings but, almost unbelievably, none as leader. The list of greats that McCurdy has played with includes Count Basie, Wes Montgomery, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Carmen McRae, Joe Williams, Herbie Hancock, Milt Jackson, Oscar Peterson, Bud Powell, and the list goes on and on.

This concert is brought to you in part by The Hard Rubber Orchestra and
Coastal Jazz and Blues.


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