Maye Cavallaro is a self-proclaimed student of the human heart, who feels that how people are alike is much more important than their differences. Wherever she has traveled in the world, she has found that people cry over beautiful love songs and tap their toes when the beat swings. She believes that music is the universal language expressing itself with heartfelt emotion. She feels that she is a hopeless romantic, but has grown to realize there are many other hopeless romantics out there. It is a pretty large group. In October of 1996, Cavallaro made her New York debut at Eighty Eights, in the west village. Her first show was sold-out and was described by Stuart Hamstra of Cabaret Hotline, as "a very powerful performance.'' In October of 1997, she appeared at Town Hall in New York and was described in Town & Country Magazine as the "standout at New York's 1997 Cabaret Convention." Since January of 1998, while preparing to record her second CD, Never Let Me Go, Cavallaro had been appearing at the Nob Hill Restaurant in San Francisco's landmark Mark Hopkins Hotel, with two of the musicians who appear on the CD, Denny Berthiaume on piano and Jeff Neighbor on bass. In addition to singing in an intimate setting with piano and bass, Cavallaro has led her own quintet since around 1987. She is equally comfortable in front of a big band, and has done concert dates as guest soloist with the Billy Browning Memorial Orchestra. She feels there is a real thrill in making music with 26 other people. Singing with a big band is like driving a big fancy car, you ,just get in with all of that sound sit back, and cruise. Cavallaro is actively involved in other aspects of her music. She teaches voice privately, and taught voice classes and performance workshops for over five years at Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco. She says that one of the great thrills in her teaching career was when, during a two-month singing engagement in Japan, she was asked to teach voice classes for students who spoke only Japanese: "We did all of our lessons by the 'me-sing-you-sing' method. Amazingly, they knew all of the words to hundreds of American songs, from Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder. A big class favorite was 'My Way' as sung by Frank Sinatra." Her usually-shy students would all wave their arms high, and belt out the big finish for this song; "We ended every class this way. It was very invigorating." Maye Cavallaro's first CD, In the Middle of a Kiss, was chosen by the venerable Philip Elwood of the San Francisco Examiner as one of the ten best jazz albums of the year. Said L.A. Jazz Scene, "Maye Cavallaro's singing straddles the border between jazz and cabaret. Her phrasing is pure jazz...."
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