The Wishbone Project is a newly formed collaboration between Kat Gang and Nate Mayland, who have discovered in each other the rare gem of inspiration. What began with curiosity soon took shape as a reliably creative vehicle for Kat’s lyrics to be expressed through Nate's music. As the library grows and they continue to learn each other's musical tendencies the sound of the group has emerged as a soulful expression of the many musical influences New York has infused within them, spoken through the tradition of bebop.
Kat and Nate have created a distinct sound by exploring the unique blend of the trombone and voice. The similar range and crystal timbre of both allow for either to take the lead while the other compliments, of for the two of them launch into fiery harmonized bebop lines. Their songs are lyrical and reminiscent of the jazz standards.
Kat Gang has a soul steeped in jazz. Born in Boston she began her music theory training as a teenager at Berklee and then fell in love with the energy of New York City and went on to gain her BFA from NYU.She escaped the Bush administration by seeking asylum in the UK and studying music at the Royal Academy in London. Kat lived and worked singing jazz all over England for seven years. She has performed twice at the GRAMMY Awards with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, traded fours with Bobby McFerrin at the Blue Note Jazz Festival, and currently is back in New York with a residency at the Plaza Hotel with her quartet. Kat continues to explore the depth of jazz fusion and improvisation with her versatile, extraordinary ear and voice.
A native of Chicago via Madison, Wisconsin, Nate Mayland has been freelancing as a trombonist and composer in NYC since 2001. Sharing the stage and studio with such diverse artists as Bernadette Peters to Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, from Harry Connick, Jr. to Eddie Santiago, from South Pacific to The Chico O’Farrill Jazz Orchestra, his ear for harmony and melody has been shaped into an edgy yet reverent tool with which he returns to the world all that he has absorbed. He is currently an in-demand performer on trombone, bass trombone and tuba, and is quickly gaining recognition as a creative and knowledgable composer.
Kat Gang - vocals, lyrics
Nate Mayland - trombone, compositions, arrangements
Adam Platt - piano
Dick Sarpola - bass
Ray Marchica - drums
"What a joy it was to watch the audience at Iridium fall in love with Kat Gang and Nate Maylandʼs band the night of this exciting debut performance. This stunning girl, a fine singer, took over the room from her first moment on stage, scatting with Nate, stellar trombonist, band leader and composer leading his group." - Jan Wallman, NiteLife Exchange
"A lady in red, from the roses in her dark hair to her form-fitting spaghetti-strap gown, she's like a flame, turning us all into moths who can't get enough of her." -Broadway After Dark, 2010.
"Gang and Mayland demonstrated a closely knit musical intimacy reminiscent of other great voice and horn teams whose chemistry was palpable. Mayland took an impressive solo on “Please Don’t Break My Heart,” an original soulful ballad, conveying the vulnerability of falling in love with his beautiful tone and masterful articulation." - Nora McCarthy, Jazz Inside