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|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
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William Allen Mays, 5 February 1944, Sacramento, California, USA. Mays studied piano formally for a number of years into his twenties. In the early 70s his proficiency and growing reputation was such that he was hired as accompanist to Sarah Vaughan and then Al Jarreau. In the mid-70s he led his own small band and also worked with many other leaders including Bobby Shew and Bud Shank. In the 80s he was with Shelly Manne, Benny Golson, Mark Murphy and Red Mitchell. Later in the decade, he played with Tom Harrell in his own group, with Murphy, and also with Gerry Mulligan. A strikingly talented pianist with the special skills needed by an accompanist allied to those of an imaginative soloist (by no means a common combination), Mays also composes and arranges much of the material he plays.