The Greg Mayo Band

The Greg Mayo Band

 New York City, New York, USA

Very intelligent Old School Soul. Check out Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, and Otis Redding. If you like them, you'll like this.


The Greg Mayo Band has been compared affectionately to Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, and even The Roots. Based in soul but schooled in jazz, this group is exactly where they want to be. Formed in 2006 through the musical kinship of Greg Mayo (keyboards, lead vocals) and Matt Abatelli (tenor sax), The Greg Mayo Band is now beginning to really pound the pavement.

All accomplished musicians, members of the band have studied music at either The Hartt School of Music, or at SUNY Purchase, or both. The entire horn section - Kenny Warren (trumpet), John Liotta (alto/bari sax) and Matt Abatelli – have played alongside such jazz greats as Jackie Mclean and John Faddis. Led by Greg Mayo, the rhythm section includes Chris Anderson (bass), and Erik White (guitar, backing vocals) and Kenny Shaw (drums).

Within the past two years, the band has played shows far and wide, dashing across the Northeast, stretching as far south as Baltimore. Opening for artists as diverse and respected as Amos Lee, Busta Rhymes, and the Addison Groove Project, their loyal and ever-growing fan base spans all age groups and geographical areas. Storming the gates of many college campuses, the band have played at Gettysburg, Dartmouth, and Hartford’s Trinity College, to name a few. Their pop-infused sounds have also filled clubs like The Knitting Factory and The Lion’s Den in New York, all the way up to Nectar’s in Burlington, VT. They now fulfill a monthly residency at the legendary Bitter End, in New York's Greenwich Village.

Their debut album, Universal Communication (released 2008) has received rave reviews. Using bits and pieces from artists like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Jamiroquai, The Greg Mayo Band comes at you with a fresh twist on a classic sound.


I Don't Know

Written By: Greg Mayo

I Don't Know

Little beauty in the door,
I see your eyes, they shine like twin lit stars,
As seconds pass I want you more,
Forever now just doesn’t seem that far,

Little beauty in the door,
Its part of life and now its what were here for,
Come and take me, well explore,
What’s beyond what’s here and what’s in store,

I Don’t know what to say
I ve never felt this way
I don’t know what to say about it now
Do we have time to get away?

Little beauty by the door
Youre leaving soon so girl I must implore
While I see you look my way,
Is there something I can do to make you stay


I love you girl, but I don’t know your name,
Just leave it all, well never be the same,
Ill think it all, but words wont ever come,
Its all in my mind

Little beauty in the door,
With just one look you lift me off the floor
I don’t even know your name,
But because if you, I wont ever be the same…


Written By: Greg Mayo


One person's darkness is another man's shade
One man's uncontrollable fire is his woman's flame
I've been trying to keep it burning
I've been scolded baby but now I'm learning
You were my love but now I'm leaving
You by yourself as you lie there sleeping
Baby, keep playing those games with me
And maybe, you'll see what I mean when I say
Baby, you couldn't be more right
So I'll be gone by the end of the night
One person's pleasure is the cause of another's pain
My days spent working, I want my sevrence pay
It's the morning, just before dawn
Wallet's empty baby, it's been for so long
The moon still comforts me
Lonely as can be


February 2006 - Debut EP entitled (extended play)
April 2008 - Full length album 'Universal Communication'

Set List

It all depends on the venue, but we normally play a set of an hour to an hour and 45 min. Although we have enough material to play a damn fine 3 hours.

Get it Going
Inside Your Mind
6 Days
The Flow
Mercurys Boiling
Still Going On
Love The Way
I Don't Know
Waiting For You
Take Me Back
Now I Know Better
Love & Evolution
Another Kind
Leave it Alone
Get Down
I Heard
Universal Communication
It Won't Take Us Long
I'm Loving You
Happy Song
Better Take it Easy
Grab a Hold

Not Ours -
Trick or Treat - Otis Redding
Every Day Will Be Like a Holdiay - William Bell
Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel
Late in The Evening - Paul Simon
Love is In Need of Love Today - Stevie Wonder
Taxman - The Beatles
Alright - Jamiroquai
I Can't Make You Love Me - Bonnie Raitt
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
Debra - Beck
Use Me - Bill Withers

(we try to add covers as often as we can, we ha