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Jenny Maybee
pianist, vocalist and composer
Jenny Maybee is “equally talented as a vocalist and pianist.” Her “piano playing and vocals…are altogether eloquent and heart-stopping…her voicing is expertly balanced…and her phrasing sings wonderfully throughout the repertoire.” Her vocals have been described as “exquisite,” “hauntingly beautiful,” and “in the same league” with Billie Holiday — music that “you could close your eyes to and nod out blissfully in a deep groove…” Her piano style has been compared to Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, and Cecil Taylor.

Jenny “make(s) beautiful music expressing the sheer joy of being alive. You sense it in the augmented chords that Maybee plays on her piano, then leaping like a mad gazelle to catch its essence with her voice.” As a classically trained jazz pianist and vocalist, Jenny’s “unique style seems fairly sedate on the surface, but is capable of sudden intensity whenever the music demands.”

This mixture of sensitivity and boldness weaves through her original compositions and interpretations of jazz standards. Drawing inspiration from her studies of the martial and healing arts and the vast sonic landscape of jazz and world music, her playing reflects her range of exploration, dancing from stunning open space and intricate use of silence to powerful rhythmic intensity.

Active in the Bay Area jazz/improv scene since 2002, she has performed and recorded with Noertker’s Moxie (2002-2012), the Empty Chamber Ensemble, her own trio, and many other great Bay Area musicians. Jenny currently leads a piano trio and is continually exploring new sound landscapes. She is a member of The Recording Academy (GRAMMYs) and has been a presenter for the Jazz Education Network.

HAIKU, Jenny’s nationally charting latest album, was released in January 2016. Jenny co-produced and arranged the album with veteran GRAMMY®-recognized jazz producer and trumpet player Nick Phillips (Karrin Allyson, Nnenna Freelon). HAIKU was lauded in the press as "a thrilling, intimate, very delicate dialogue...close to perfection," and Jenny’s composition “Winter Butterflies” was selected as one of the Top 10 New Songs of 2016.
Upcoming Events:

Sunday, February 24 2019 3:00 PM
Maybeck Studio for the Performing Arts [1537 Euclid Ave. Berkeley]
Jenny will be presenting new piano and vocal compositions inspired by her recent Creative Residency at Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, where she focused on composing for visual media and exploring the intersection between nature and creativity.  More...
Videos
Interview with Jenny Maybee & Nick Phillips about the concepts behind the album HAIKU.
CDs on which Jenny Maybee appears:
ArtistTitleLabelNumber
Noertker's Moxie & The Melanchoholics Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Artist: Noertker's Moxie & The Melanchoholics
Title: Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4167
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4167
Jenny Maybee & Nick Phillips HAIKU
Artist: Jenny Maybee & Nick Phillips
Title: HAIKU
Label: Nick Phillips Music NPM-142102
Label page on this site: Nick Phillips Music
Nick Phillips Music NPM-142102
Noertker's Moxie Little Bluedevil (Blue Rider Suite, vol. 2)
Artist: Noertker's Moxie
Title: Little Bluedevil (Blue Rider Suite, vol. 2)
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4130
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4130
Noertker's Moxie Some Circles (Blue Rider Suite, vol. 1)
Artist: Noertker's Moxie
Title: Some Circles (Blue Rider Suite, vol. 1)
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4101
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4101
Noertker's Moxie druidh lacunae
Artist: Noertker's Moxie
Title: druidh lacunae
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4095
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4095
Noertker's Moxie Sketches of Catalonia, Vol. 3: Suite for Gaudí
Artist: Noertker's Moxie
Title: Sketches of Catalonia, Vol. 3: Suite for Gaudí
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4087
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4087
Noertker's Moxie Sketches of Catalonia, Vol. 2: Suite for Miró
Artist: Noertker's Moxie
Title: Sketches of Catalonia, Vol. 2: Suite for Miró
Label: Edgetone Records EDT4051
Label page on this site: Edgetone Records
Edgetone Records EDT4051
Noertker's Moxie Haiku Songs
Artist: Noertker's Moxie
Title: Haiku Songs
Label: AEWC Records AE050204
Label page on this site: AEWC Records
AEWC Records AE050204
Noertker's Moxie 7 Days in February
Artist: Noertker's Moxie
Title: 7 Days in February
Label: AEWC Records AE040404
Label page on this site: AEWC Records
AEWC Records AE040404