The Marvin Stamm/Bill Mays Duo combines the talents of two classically-trained masters of Jazz and improvisation. Trumpeter Marvin Stamm and pianist Bill Mays have spent their professional careers at the pinnacle of Jazz performance, with groups like the Stan Kenton and Woody Herman big bands, numerous small ensembles, and in the studios of Hollywood and New York. In a duo setting, they explore the beauty, the excitement, the subtlety, and the grace of the world of music - the Great American Songbook, magnificent Jazz standards, even music from the classical world - all through the spontaneous interaction of Jazz and documented by their critically acclaimed CD, By Ourselves.
Marvin Stamm was trumpet soloist and a member of the Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Duke Pearson and American Jazz orchestras. For twenty-three years a major New York City studio musician, Mr. Stamm currently travels much of the year as a Jazz artist in duo with pianist Bill Mays, with the Marvin Stamm Quartet, and with the Inventions Trio. He also appears as soloist with symphony orchestras and performs as a member of the George Gruntz Concert Jazz band and the Westchester Jazz Orchestra. Having been involved in Jazz education for many years, Marvin also spends a great deal of time working with young musicians. Current CDs are By Ourselves - Marvin Stamm/Bill Mays Duo; The Stamm/Soph Project;The Stamm/Soph Project - Live at Birdland.
Bill Mays began his recording career as musical director for Sarah Vaughan and went on to work with such legendary performers as Frank Sinatra, Shelly Manne, Art Pepper, Clark Terry, and Sonny Stitt, among others. Since moving to New York City in the mid-1980s, Bill has led his own quintets, trios, and duos at Birdland, the Blue Note, Bradley's, the Knickerbocker, the Village Gate, Visiones and many other of the city's noted venues. He is a regular performer at clubs and festivals throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. Bill has several CDs to his credit, among them, Mays in Manhattan, a trio/sextet recording with songs of New York as its theme. Summer Sketches, Going Home, and his most recent CD, Live at the Jazz Standard, are recordings with his trio - Martin Wind, bass; Matt Wilson, drums - all on Palmetto Records.