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Oliver Mayman Quartet

Ann Arbor vibraphonist Oliver Mayman explores the fusion between the mechanics of drumming with the harmonic capabilities of piano.

An Ann Arbor native and current student at Temple University, Oliver Mayman is a vibraphonist, pianist, drummer, and composer. Beginning drums at age 9 and piano at age 13, the vibraphone was an inevitable discovery near the end of high school -- it essentially being the fusion between the mechanics of drumming with the harmonic capabilities of piano. Bringing his array of pianist influences such as Ethan Iverson, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, and McCoy Tyner and applying their concepts to the vibraphone, he truly treats the instrument as a piano, able to play in every setting from solo to big band.

He has performed vibraphone across Michigan, from local clubs like Ziggy’s in Ypsilanti to events attracting hundreds of thousands like the Detroit Jazz Festival. He also has extensive teaching experience, student-teaching multiple jazz classes in the Ann Arbor Public Schools system, co-founding a free summer jazz workshop in Ann Arbor for middle- and high-schoolers in 2018, and teaching privately for drum set, vibraphone, piano, and music theory.

He has been awarded, through various ensembles, first place (2019) and several outstanding soloist awards (2017-2019) at the Western Michigan Jazz Invitational for both the combo and big band divisions; second place in the High School Combo Category of the 2019 Downbeat Magazine student awards; and second place in the junior open division at the prestigious 2018 M-Prize International Chamber Arts Competition. He was also invited to perform at the 2019 Detroit Jazz Festival as part of an all-star youth group composed of high schoolers from across Michigan.

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