Grammy Award winning Jazz keyboard player Lyly Mays died February 10, 2020 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 66 after a long illness.
Mays frequently worked with fellow Jazz artist Pat Metheny and the Pat Metheny Group
Metheny spoke on Mays saying, “Lyle was one of the greatest musicians I have ever known. Across more than 30 years, every moment we shared in music was special. From the first notes we played together, we had an immediate bond. His broad intelligence and musical wisdom informed every aspect of who he was in every way. I will miss him with all my heart.”
Along with co-founding the Pat Metheny Group, Mays also worked with Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones, Woody Herman, and Earth, Wind and Fire.
Mays composed music for the film “The Falcon and the Snowman”.
Among is accomplishments, Mays earned 10 Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Wisconsin Area Music Industry’s Hall of Fame.
He was born Lyle David Mays on November 27, 1953 in Wausaukee, Wisconsin the son of musicians. As a child, Mays played the organ and gave his first public performance when he was only nine years old.
Survivors include his niece Aubrey Johnson.
Lyle Mays discography:
“As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls”
“Later that Evening”
“Peter Rabbit & 2 More Stories”
“Solo: Improvisations for Expanded Piano”
“The Ludwingsburg Concert”
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