Kitty Mayo was born into a musical family and was singing before she walked. She received her early experience in her hometown of Chicago, where her father would take her to sing— while she was still a child—at the famed jazz and blues clubs in the Roosevelt and Kedzie areas of the city. Mayo turned pro when she entered high school, using the money to pay for singing and piano lessons. She worked a number of jazz venues in Chicago and later moved to New Orleans, working the club circuit, including the legendary Preservation Hall. After taking time off to raise a family, Kitty Mayo relocated to the Wilmington, Delaware area, where she resumed her singing career, and began composing, writing, arranging, producing, and teaching privately. Kitty Mayo’s voice—and presence— as a singer of traditional blues, as well as jazz and pop, are powerful. She’s a favorite, with her well-known Empress Band and in other combinations, at any number of area clubs and music festivals. Accompanying Kitty Mayo at this Jazz Bridge event are drummer Max Steel, keyboardist Adolphus Fletch Fletcher and bassist Leroy Shubaby Schuler.
Jazz Bridge is a Philadelphia-based non-profit organization dedicated to assisting area jazz and blues musicians in need. Their Jazz Bridge in Cheltenham program is one in a series at this venue, along with four other area locales. For more details, visit Jazz Bridge.
Kitty Mayo is available for interviews: Please call 610-745-3011 to arrange.