Jon Mayer

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For 2000s American pop singer, see John Mayer.
Jon Mayer
Also known as Jon Mayer
Born (1938-09-07)September 7, 1938
Harlem, New York, NY, New York, United States
Origin New York, NY, New York, United States
Genres Jazz
Hard bop
Occupations pianist
Instruments Piano
Associated acts Jon Mayer Trio
Notable instruments

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

Early years[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With Jackie McLean


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