Born: February 20, 1987 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
TATIANA “LADYMAY” MAYFIELD Refreshing and beautiful are how many have described the voice and persona of Tatiana “LadyMay” Mayfield, a jazz vocalist, musician, and educator from Fort Worth, Texas. “LadyMay” (as she has been named) has been singing and playing jazz music since the tender age of thirteen. Since then, she has performed in various venues and festivals throughout the U.S., received rave reviews from listeners, and numerous awards.
In October of 2010, she was chosen as one of the twelve semi-finalists to compete in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition that was held in Washington, D.C. She performed before a panel of legendary jazz vocalists that included Al Jarreau, Dianne Reeves, Patti Austin, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Kurt Elling. She has opened for several well-known artists such as Kirk Whalum, Randy Brecker, Dave Valentin, Bobbi Humphrey, and The Main Ingredient.
She has also recorded two albums, From All Directions (2009) and A Portrait Of LadyMay (2012). Jazz journalist Scott Yanow described her voice on her debut album From All Directions (2009) as “attractive” with “excellent elocution” and a “joyful spirit”. On her latest album A Portrait Of LadyMay (2012), Harvey Siders, former writer of JazzTimes Magazine, describes her intonation as “flawless” and her scatting “as natural as breathing.” In addition to her vocal skills, she plays piano, trombone, composes, and teaches.
LadyMay’s appeal has also reached listeners abroad in the UK, Switzerland, Germany, and Nigeria. Her music has been featured on international radio stations such as “Solar Radio” and “Star Point Radio” in London, “SwissGroove Webradio” in Switzerland, and “Smooth 98.1” in Nigeria.
For more information about Tatiana “LadyMay” Mayfield, visit www.tatianamayfield.com.
Awards:-“Outstanding Performance” award in the college “Jazz Vocal Soloist” category in DownBeat magazine’s June 2009 and 2010 Student Awards issues -NFAA (National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts) Silver Award in "Jazz Voice" category (2006) -“Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Jazz Studies” from the University of North Texas jazz department (2009) -"Fort Worth Weekly Award" (local magazine) for "best jazz artist" (2011) -Nomination for "Dallas Observer Music Award" (2011 & 2012)
Check West Coast Blues, an infectious jazz waltz, thanks to guitarist David Abrams' simple but effective intro; Mayfield's sassy scat; and above all, Erskine Hawkins' comping and solo.
The CD is divided roughly into two halves that include crossovers: Tatiana and her quintet; Erskine the Third with his 9-piece band. His is a hard-driving ensemble whose wildest moments come on Freedom Jazz Dance, All Blues, even on Jobim's Waters of March. When trumpeter Thomas Davis and tenorist DeAnthony McGee ad lib around Mayfield on the repetitious tag of the latter, you just don't want it to end. There's a dense, fuzzy chart, Roscoe Has Issues, by guest guitarist Rob Leahy, distinguished by Tatiana's wordless doubling of Leahy's guitar lead which displays her uncanny ability to duplicate his phrasing with total precision. Listen for more of same on Cottontail as she Xeroxes Hawkins' piano lead and then they take turns quoting bop lines on the changes so effortlessly.
I'm hoping these two stay together; they know each other's musical quirks and qualities so well. Here's my request that they eventually record an album of just voice and keyboards. One caveat about this CD: ignore tracks one and eight. Each is titled What's On and each briefly surfs a radio dial finally ending on an unnecessary promo. -Harvey Siders of JazzTimes Magazine
This enjoyable CD is split between two overlapping groups. Both singer Tatiana Mayfield and keyboardist Erskine Hawkins (the grandson of the famous big band leader) are students at the University of North Texas State, but they already possess surprisingly mature styles and strong musicianship.
The two halves of this CD both start with brief versions of “What's On?” which is essentially a cute commercial for the recording. Six songs are performed by Tatiana Mayfield and her quintet. She has a very attractive voice, excellent elocution (one can always understand the words she sings), and her phrasing is quite appealing. Joined by a four-piece rhythm section that includes Hawkins on acoustic piano and guitarist Joel Cross (who takes quite a few worthy solos), she swings hard on “There Will Never Be Another You,” displays infectious phrasing and fine scat singing on “Baubles, Bangles And Beads,” and puts plenty of feeling into a fetching version of “Crazy He Calls Me.” Tatiana has a joyful spirit and obviously enjoys singing jazz. Her boppish version of “Cottontail” includes a lot of song quotes with Hawkins playing phrases from four songs during one chorus of his solo. Tatiana also performs “He's Coming My Way” and comes up with her own variations to “Peel Me A Grape.”
After another “What's On?,” the Erskine Hawkins band starts off with two instrumentals. “All Blues” has active electric bass playing from Nigel Rivers, a heated tenor solo by Sylvester Onyejialka, and fluent electric piano from Hawkins. “Roscoe Has Issues” is an original and thoughtful ballad. Tatiana joins the group for a delightful version of “Waters Of March” and adds some creative scatting to Wes Montgomery's “West Coast Blues” which also features with Hawkins' wailing organ. The band gets rockish during a fiery version of “Freedom Jazz Dance” which has funky electric bass, guitar and keyboard solos. The CD concludes with Tatiana returning for the heartfelt and soulful “Speak To My Heart.”
Overall, this is a very impressive debut from Tatiana Mayfield and Erskine Hawkins, two fine musicians who we will be hearing much more from in the future.'
Scott Yanow, Author of ten books including The Jazz Singers, Trumpet Kings, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76
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