“[Mayo has] a flexibility of vocal expression so evolved that it seems to border on liquidity” – Nate Chinen
Whether Michael Mayo is performing with his band, as a guest, or alone with a looper pedal, the LA native’s commanding and other worldly vocalese is quickly gathering critical and commercial acclaim around the globe. Born to two successful musicians, Mayo grew up just a little more than 20 feet from the likes of Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Earth Wind and Fire, and Stevie Wonder. Like Bobby McFerrin, one of his major influences, Mayo approaches his voice as a musical instrument, but in often unexpected ways — with Brian Wilson-style pop harmonies, Stevie Wonder R&B, and drum and bass and hip-hop beats. Mayo’s debut solo album, Bones, was released in 2021.
Michael Mayo, vocals
Andrew Freedman, keys
Tamir Shmerling, bass
Robin Baytas, drums
View the full 2023 Hudson Jazz Festival lineup here.
- Hudson Hall’s programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of the Governor and the New York Legislature.