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Jon Mayer

Jon Mayer

born on 7/9/1938 in New York City, NY, United States

Jon Mayer

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Jon Mayer

Jon Mayer (born September 7, 1938 in New York, New York) is an American jazz pianist and composer.

Early years

Mayer graduated from the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan and briefly attended the Manhattan School of Music.

In the '50s he was a frequently appearing member of the NYC music scene, playing with Kenny Dorham, Tony Scott (replacing Bill Evans), Pete LaRoca and Ray Draper. He recorded with Jackie McLean and John Coltrane.

1960s and 1970s

In the '60s and '70s, Mayer remained active, playing in both New York and Europe with the Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Dionne Warwick, Sarah Vaughan and the Manhattan Transfer. During those days he wrote songs recorded by Les McCann and Nancy Wilson.

Silent years

Mayer then entered a 13-year period of inactivity during which he rarely performed. In his repertoire there is a song called Rip Van Winkle which refers to this period of his life.


In 1991 Mayer returned to music. He settled in Los Angeles and recorded "Round Up The Usual Suspects" in 1995, a piano trio session with Ron Carter and Billy Higgins.

Mayer currently lives in Southern California, leading his trio with occasional appearances of Ernie Watts


AS leader

  • Round Up the Usual Suspects (1995) - with Ron Carter, Billy Higgins
  • Do It Like This (1998)
  • Rip Van Winkle (2000)
  • Full Circle (2002) with Rufus Reid, Victor Lewis
  • The Classics (Reservoir Records, 2004) Rufus Reid, Willie Jones III
  • Rip Van Winkle (2004) - Live at the Jazz Bakery
  • Strictly Confidential (2005)
  • My Romance (2006) - with Rufus Reid, Dick Berk
  • So Many Stars (2007) - with Rufus Reid, Roy McCurdy
  • Nightscape (2009) - with Rufus Reid, Roy McCurdy

As sideman

With Jackie McLean

  • Strange Blues (Prestige, 1957)


External links

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