Exceptionally sophisticated and emotional vocalist Maye Cavallaro has been singing classic songs since she discovered her Mother's «Sing Along with Mitch» records at age 6. By the age of nine she began borrowing from her brother's collection of vintage blues, at 10 she began studying piano, and by 12 was a huge fan of Carmen McRae, Billie Holiday, Esther Phillips and Miriam Makeba. Her eclectic and wide ranging musical tastes have continued to encompass jazz, modern pop and rock as well as classical and world music.
Maye's first CD on Redhead Records, In the Middle of a Kiss, was chosen by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the top ten jazz records of 1995. It featured piano, bass and vocals, with the addition of clarinet. Her second CD, Never Let Me Go, featured a larger band with the addition of flugelhorn, saxophone, percussion and guitar, as well as the trio. For her third CD Hearts, Maye wanted a spare, modern and highly rhythmic sound. She chose San Francisco jazz guitarist Mimi Fox, reed player Paul McCandless and multi-percussionist Ian Dogole as collaborators.
A warm, charismatic stage performer and accomplished musician, Maye has traveled extensively in Japan and the U.S., both performing and teaching. She has appeared in the San Francisco Bay Area extensively at clubs such as Yoshi's, The Great American Music Hall, The Plush Room, Sweetwater and Kimball's, among others. For 5 years Maye performed weekly at the Compass Rose in the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco with her trio. She's appeared in New York City at Eighty-Eights and in the Cabaret Convention at Town Hall. Maye is on the faculty of the innovative Jazzschool in Berkeley, CA., teaching stagecraft and jazz singing and on the faculty for Jazz studies at University of California, Berkeley.
SJC proudly presents Maye with the Jason Myers Trio performing the music of Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael. Don't miss this evening of beautiful, classic, cabaret, jazz.