"...Mays deserves wider recognition for the outstanding work he's done with his latest trio." -
Steve Futterman, Entertainment Weekley
"You know you are in the presence of a master." -
Jeff Bradley, The Denver Post
Bill Mays "Invention Trio"
Photo by Judy Kirtley
Jazz master Bill Mays returns to the Centenary Stage with his new ensemble--the Bill Mays Invention Trio! Mays' Invention
Trio is a brand new group featuring Mays on piano, fellow jazz master Marvin Stamm on trumpet and flugelhorn, and the
classically-trained Alisa Horn on cello. The Bills Mays Invention Trio takes listeners on a musical adventure. Together
musicians and audience explore the intersection of chamber music and jazz to “find the chamber music in jazz
and the jazz in chamber music." Audience members can expect fresh interpretations of well-known classical themes,
jazz classics, and original works. The Trio has performed across the U.S. and now brings their unique and skillful
musical talents to the Centenary Stage!
About The Artists
The artistry of Bill Mays is beyond category. With deep roots in jazz, gospel, pop and classical music Bill’s
eclectic career as a pianist, composer and arranger spans more than five decades. On hundreds of recordings, Bill’s
concert and recording credits include work with artists as diverse as Ron Carter, Al Cohn, Buddy DeFranco, Benny Golson,
Freddie Hubbard, Al Jarreau, Barry Manilow, Shelly Manne, Red Mitchell, Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Frank
Sinatra, Sonny Stitt, Toots Thielemans, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Sarah Vaughan, Phil Woods and Frank Zappa.
Bill’s keyboard work has been heard on numerous movie soundtracks and TV shows, among them Adaptation, Annie,
Being John Malkovich, CBS Early Morning, Consenting Adults, Dallas, Fargo, Frida, Fur, Gremlins, Interview With The
Vampire, Julie & Julia, Knot’s Landing, Kojak, Ladykillers, Late Night with Jay Leno, Mission To Mars, Name
That Tune, Rocky, Shaft 2, Simone, Sleepless In Seattle, Doubt, Before The Devil Knows You're Dead, Superman, Where
The Wild Things Are, The Alamo and Wolf.
Much respected for his compositional and arranging talents Bill has written saxophone quartets, suites for flute and
piano, double bass and piano, music for the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Aureole chamber ensemble, the Woody Herman Band
and incidental music for TV and film (Anamorph, Burn After Reading, Hamlet, Looker, Tribeca). He is a recipient of
grants from Meet The Composer, the N.E.A., Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, is a Grammy nominee, a Steinway Piano Artist
and a PennPat roster artist. His recent work on Palmetto Records documents his long-standing piano/bass/drums trio
with Martin Wind and Matt Wilson (Out In Pa., Summer Sketches, Going Home, Live At Jazz Standard). The Inventions Trio's
first CD, Fantasy, showcases Bill's three-movement Fantasy for Cello, Trumpet and Piano and features the members of
the trio in brilliant individual and group improvisations on classical themes.The trio's latest recording, Delaware
River Suite, feature Bill's multi-movement tribute to the Delaware River and environs.
Bill Mays "Invention Trio"
Photo by Judy Kirtley
Marvin Stamm is a graduate of the well-known North Texas Lab Band program. Upon completing his degree,
he went on the road for several years, serving as trumpet soloist for the Stan Kenton and Woody Herman Orchestras.
Marvin moved to New York City in 1966 where he spent twenty-three years as a major New York City studio musician. During
this time, Marvin was a member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, the Duke Pearson Big Band, and the American
Jazz Orchestra led by pianist and composer John Lewis. He also performed for a period with singer Frank Sinatra
and with the Benny Goodman Septet. He also appears as soloist with symphony orchestras and performs as a member
of the George Gruntz Concert Jazz band and the Westchester Jazz Orchestra. Marvin has also been involved in Jazz
education for many years and spends a good deal of time working with young musicians. Current CDs: By Ourselves
- Marvin Stamm/Bill Mays Duo; The Stamm/Soph Project;The Stamm/Soph Project - Live at Birdland and the quartet's
DVD/CD Alone Together.
Alisa Horn is native of Memphis, Tennessee, where she studied with Professor Peter Spurbeck at the University of Memphis.
She received her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Michigan in 2004, studying with Professor
Anthony Elliott and completed her Master of Music in Cello Performance at Northwestern University in 2006 with Professor
Hans Jorgen Jensen. Alisa was the Second Prize Winner in the 2006 WAMSO-Minnesota Orchestra Volunteer Association’s
Young Artist Competition and won the University of Michigan Concerto Competition performing Ernest Bloch’s "Schelomo." She
was a regular member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in 2004-2005 and was appointed the principal cellist of the
Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra during the summer of 2006. Alisa has given numerous solo and chamber music performances
throughout the country and recently performed Miaskovsky’s Cello Concerto with the Oakville Chamber Orchestra
of Ontario, Canada. Alisa and pianist Jue He recorded the Rachmaninoff and Miaskovsky Sonatas for Cello and Piano,
and were also featured on McGraw-Hill’s Young Artist Showcase, WQXR-FM, in New York City. Alisa is currently
living and working as a free-lance artist in New York City and has performed in the Broadway musicals "Spring
Awakening" and "Next To Normal."