Michael Mayo


Whether Michael Mayo is performing with a full big band, a rhythm section or alone with a looper pedal, his classic vocal style commands the attention of listeners worldwide. Born to two successful musicians, the Los Angeles native grew up just a little more than 20 feet from the likes of Diana Ross, Luther Vandross, Earth Wind and Fire and Stevie Wonder. This proximity helped Mayo create a musical path centered around the innovative elements of R&B and Jazz, forging his musical identity long before he hit the stage.

After receiving his Bachelor’s from the New England Conservatory of Music, Mayo attended the acclaimed Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, only the third vocalist to be accepted into the 20-year-old program, where he learned from Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Luciana Souza. Mayo, now living in New York City, is a veteran international performer whose highlights include singing at the White House, the Kennedy Center and Renée Fleming’s American Voices Festival, as well as the Panama Jazz Festival. Most recently he has recorded and performed with Herbie Hancock, Kneebody, Gretchen Parlato, Christian Sands, Josh Groban, Ben Wendel, Becca Stevens, and Theo Bleckmann among many others. His own band was a standout group at the 2019 Playboy Jazz Festival, Atlanta Jazz Festival, and Monterey Jazz Festival.

Signed to Mack Avenue Records, Mayo released his debut recording with Grammy Award winning producer Eli Wolf (Norah Jones, Al Green, The Roots) in June 2021, entitled Bones.