Madison Community Arts CenterMadison, NJ, United States

New Jersey Jazz Society Concert with Bill Mays Trio

By Madison Arts and Culture Alliance (other events)

Sunday, October 8 2023 3:00 PM 5:00 PM EDT

JERSEY JAZZ LIVE! is back on Sunday October 8, 2023 from 3-5pm!

Bill Mays Trio will feature tunes from his newest album, Autumn Serenade.

Pianist Bill Mays has recorded 40 albums as a leader, but his newest, Autumn Serenade, released in May on the Sunnyside label, may be his favorite. And, it reunited him with the other two members of a trio that played with Gerry Mulligan in the 1980s – bassist Dean Johnson and drummer Ron Vincent.

Mays will be playing several selections from Autumn Serenade along with some new original compositions, mostly written by Mays during Covid.

Among the selections from Autumn Serenade likely to be featured at JerseyJazzLive! are: the title track, written by Sammy Gallop and Peter De Rose and made famous by John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman; Mays’ “Autumn with Vivaldi”, incorporating a melodic theme with the composer’s celebrated “Four Seasons”; Wayne Shorter’s “Fall”, and a spirited transformation of Bernice Petkere’s “Lullaby of the Leaves”, a favorite of the late pianist Jimmy Rowles.

In his review of the album, AllAboutJazz’s Dan Bilawsky called it “a bountiful harvest of seasonally-bound beauties . . . a musical journey filled with reflection and romance. As seasonscapes go,” Bilawsky added, “it’s truly hard to beat this set. While approaching 80 years of age, Bill Mays remains at the top of his game.”


The ticket prices are  $10 Members or $15 Non Members.

There will be refreshments available (for a donation) benefiting the NJ Jazz Society.