Mary May
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'Black Nile' from the CD 'This is What You Are' by Mary May
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"wow mary...... sounds awesome.... nice voice, piano... arrangements... love your work.... have an awesome day..:)"
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"Hi Mary, Enjoyed your tracks, especially interesting deviations in 'When I fall in love'. Tasteful combination with Paul Harrison. Greetings from Northern Ireland...Tommy Thomas"
Feb 26, 2009

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Where are you located?
Scotland
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Visual Artist, Vocalist, Graphic Designer
Tell us a little about your background...
I am a jazz vocalist from NE Scotland. I have been performing t Jazz Clubs and Festivals over the UK for the past 10 years or so and have just recorded my first CD 'This is What You Are' available from my website:
www.marymayjazzsinger.com
How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
myspace
What Instrument do you play?
Vocalist, Piano
What is your website address? Only websites that pertain to your business and how you can be contacted.
http://www.marymayjazzsinger.com
When Is Your CD Scheduled For Release?
April
I agree that I will not spam the site with inappropriate postings for this action is subject to suspension
yes

I started singing on the club scene aged 17, but when I first heard jazz in my early twenties,  it was like coming home.  I heard a recording of Sarah Vaughan singing ‘If I Loved you’ in a way I had never heard anyone sing before. From then onwards I sought started singing on the club scene aged 17, but when I first heard jazz in my early twenties,  it was like coming home.  I heard a recording of Sarah Vaughan singing ‘If I Loved you’ in a way I had never heard anyone sing before. From then onwards I sought out all the recordings of Jazz singers I could find and each new discovery was like a whole new world. The singers who influenced me most in the early years were Anita O’Day, Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, and Marion Montgomery. At the time I was studying a degree in Fine Art at Leeds Polytechnic and I felt jazz improvisation was very close in spirit to the abstract paintings I was creating. I was interested in spaces between objects, using colour as accents, taking a line for a walk … all of these correlate to Jazz improvisation I love to listen to.

After studying vocal technique with Donna Orlando at the Arts Connexion in Edinburgh, I went on to undertake several Jazz workshops with Fionna Duncan, Rob Hall and Ged Brockie. Through one of these, I met Mark Murphy who has been my main influence to this day. It was through his encouragement that I took the plunge and found the courage to get out and realise my lifelong dream of becoming a jazz singer. After recording a demo CD with pianist Paul Harrison I was offered my first gig at the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen. Before that gig took place, I was offered a gig at the Glasgow International Jazz Festival. From then on, I have been touring the circuit of Jazz Clubs and venues across Scotland and have steadily gained a wide following. I have been lucky enough to sing with some of the best players around and am priviledged to be studying piano with acclaimed musician and teacher John Bone, whose life is steeped in music. For the past six years I have collaborated with pianist Alan King, bass player Ray Leonard (who also writes arrangements for me) and more recently with guitarist Colin Black and drummer Jim Gardiner. Last year I had my first show at Edinburgh Fringe Festival,'Mary May sings Billie Holiday', which sold out and got us some wonderful reviews. This year I recorded a debut CD, ‘This is What You Are’, with my Quintet (and the addition of trombonist Eddie McGovern, alto sax player Craig Dawson and Trumpet player Alan Haggart).
2015 sees the Quintet gigging the circuit to promote the CD and the official launch will be at the Jazz Bar in Edinburgh in November.
I will return to the Edinburgh Fringe this year with a new show ‘Mary May – Lady Jazz’.
out all the recordings of Jazz singers I could find and each new discovery was like a whole new world. The singers who influenced me most in the early years were Anita O’Day, Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, and Marion Montgomery. At the time I was studying a degree in Fine Art at Leeds Polytechnic and I felt jazz improvisation was very close in spirit to the abstract paintings I was creating. I was interested in spaces between objects, using colour as accents, taking a line for a walk … all of these correlate to Jazz improvisation I love to listen to.


After studying vocal technique with Donna Orlando at the Arts Connexion in Edinburgh, I went on to undertake several Jazz workshops with Fionna Duncan, Rob Hall and Ged Brockie. Through one of these, I met Mark Murphy who has been my main influence to this day. It was through his encouragement that I took the plunge and found the courage to get out and realise my lifelong dream of becoming a jazz singer. After recording a demo CD with pianist Paul Harrison I was offered my first gig at the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen. Before that gig took place, I was offered a gig at the Glasgow International Jazz Festival. From then on, I have been touring the circuit of Jazz Clubs and venues across Scotland and have steadily gained a wide following. I have been lucky enough to sing with some of the best players around and am priviledged to be studying piano with acclaimed musician and teacher John Bone, whose life is steeped in music. For the past six years I have collaborated with pianist Alan King, bass player Ray Leonard (who also writes arrangements for me) and more recently with guitarist Colin Black and drummer Jim Gardiner. Last year I had my first show at Edinburgh Fringe Festival,'Mary May sings Billie Holiday', which sold out and got us some wonderful reviews. This year I recorded a debut CD, ‘This is What You Are’, with my Quintet (and the addition of trombonist Eddie McGovern, alto sax player Craig Dawson and Trumpet player Alan Haggart).
2015 sees the Quintet gigging the circuit to promote the CD and the official launch will be at the Jazz Bar in Edinburgh in November.
I will return to the Edinburgh Fringe this year with a new show ‘Mary May – Lady Jazz’.

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At 5:21pm on March 31, 2015, mark arneson said…

wow mary...... sounds awesome.... nice voice, piano... arrangements... love your work.... have an awesome day..:)

At 11:29pm on August 19, 2009, Bob Fields said…
What a lovely voice you have!
At 4:57pm on February 26, 2009, Tommy Thomas said…
Hi Mary, Enjoyed your tracks, especially interesting deviations in 'When I fall in love'. Tasteful combination with Paul Harrison. Greetings from Northern Ireland...Tommy Thomas
At 1:37pm on November 17, 2008, Peter Davis said…
Hi Mary May, just passin' thru and wondering how's it going?
Keeping and embellishing that lovely tone I hope!
Sincerest r's
Peter
At 4:35pm on October 27, 2008, Wake Campbell said…
Wow! Nice Voice - Tasteful touch on the Melodies. Reminds me of Nancy Wilson just a little. I like the piano player too -- You guys work well together.
At 2:18am on July 16, 2008, dirk amrein said…

Hi mary , hope you are fine best dirk
At 11:27pm on July 7, 2008, Teddy Bear said…
very nice I like your sound very sweet mary
At 5:59pm on June 30, 2008, Vaughnette Bigford said…
Oh, very nice Mary,
At 11:34pm on March 26, 2008, Min. Steve "Music-Man" Turner said…
Hello! Mary May,
Welcome to the jazz network.
Feel free to examine both our page & our website
www.aworldofpraise.com. Take care !!!

MusicMan
At 9:58pm on January 25, 2008, exe*Cute* said…
After listening to all Your 3 songs on Your page --- You really touched my Soul !!
I am Eternally Thankfull for You !!

Warmest Regards;
xdrd
 
 
 

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