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Jazz Ensembles Director, Instructor
College of Arts and Sciences
Courses Taught 
Jazz Band
Jazz Combos
Varsity Big Band
Research Interests 
Jazz ensemble; Big Band

Visiting Guest Lecturer


Mayo Tiana was born, raised and educated in East Los Angeles, California. He began his musical education at the age of seven playing clarinet in the music program at a nearby parish school. Positive exposure and support eventually led Mayo to the trombone, and by the time he was thirteen years old, he was working professionally with local bands.

Los Angeles in the late 1950's was a great place for any aspiring jazz musician to learn and play, and Mayo will always be grateful to those who guided him in his search for jazz, fellow musicians and teachers: "Bill Holman for his genius, Frank Rosolino for his style and his guidance; Conte' Condoli for jazz 100; and the late Robert "Mac" MacDonald (Director, L.A.C.C. Jazz Ensemble). "Mac" had great bands because he loved and knew the music, always demanded the highest level of concentration, and insisted that all the musicians played with good time."

Since 1969, Mayo has toured with Ray Charles, Louie Bellson, The Capp-Pierce Juggernaut Big Band, and The Bill Holman Big Band. He has recorded with Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Joe Cocker, Don Menza, Chuck Mangione and many others.

Residing in Chicago since 1988, he has held teaching positions at the Chicago College of the Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, and Columbia College. He was appointed director of the jazz ensembles at Northeastern Illinois University in 1997, and Visiting Lecturer in 1999.

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