|Neil Maya and the Brubeck Project|
For many people, the sound of Dave Brubeck’s ‘Take 5’ is the sound of jazz. This popular American pianist and composer who died just a few years ago did more than perhaps anyone to bring jazz into the popular mainstream. Now Totnes based musician Neil Maya has put together a group of some of the finest musicians in the South West to authentically reproduce the best known Dave Brubeck recordings such as ‘It’s a Raggy Waltz’, ‘Blue Rondo a la Turk’, ‘Unsquare Dance’ and of course ‘Take 5’.
The band (which usually features pianist Matt Carter, Nick Carter on drums, Kevin Sanders on double Bass and Neil himself on saxophones) have recently performed numerous sell-out shows including appearing at the 2016 and 2017 Teignmouth Jazz Festival, as well as several shows for Devon's ‘Villages in Action’, Cornwall's Carn To Cove, Somerset's Take Art and North Devon's Beaford Arts. The band released a wonderful new live CD/DVD of the project in June 2017 at a launch event which included a weekend workshop on Dave Brubeck.