1938, New York City, New York, USA. Taking up the piano as a child, during his high school years Mayer met reed player Perry Robinson, with whom he played in a band. By the late 50s and now graduated from the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan, Mayer was an accomplished performer. He worked extensively in New York City, playing and sometimes recording over the next two decades with many bop and post-bop notables as well as some singers from the world of pop. Collectively, these artists include Chet Baker, John Coltrane, Kenny Dorham, Thad Jones - Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Pete La Roca, Jackie McLean, Manhattan Transfer, Tony Scott, Sarah Vaughan, Dionne Warwick and Kai Winding.
Mayer was largely inactive in the 80s but at the start of the next decade he returned to a soon-to-be busy career in Los Angeles. Since then he has appeared at many clubs in the area and in the mid-90s resumed his recording career, mainly under his own name,...