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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., which in turn have earned her rave reviews from listeners and musicians in addition to 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 before a legendary panel of judges. 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 appeared on WFAA’s “Good Morning Texas” television show four times since 2011.

She has recorded two albums, From All Directions (2009) and A Portrait Of LadyMay (2012). The first album From All Directions was recorded while she was still attending the University of North Texas, where she received her degree in Jazz Studies. 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 and Downbeat magazines, 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 voice and music theory

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”Fresh out of the University of North Texas music department, Ms Mayfield makes quite a splash with her debut album. Sounding more like a veteran than an ingénue, the 22- year old displays confidence bordering on swagger as she fearlessly tackles jazz standards like “Cottontail” and “There Will Never Be Another You” and breathes new life into “Peel Me A Grape” and “Baubles, Bangles and Beads.” Tatiana possesses a highly flexible voice that is warm and full-bodied in the low register, yet can pierce the stratosphere without need for falsetto. She hears all changes, scats with total confidence, and regardless of speed, her diction and intonation never falter.

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

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Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

Lone Star Music Academy(Private lessons) (2010-Present)

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Album A Portrait Of LadyMay by Tatiana LadyMay Mayfield

A Portrait Of LadyMay

Self Produced
2012

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