Bone Soir is a trombone quintet formed by Maurice Spears. Other members of the group include Ira Nepus, Garrett Smith, George Bohanon and Ryan Porter
*Bachafillen, *The Vision, *Linda, *The Maestro, *Why Indianapolis, Why Not Indianapolis?, *Hittin' The Jug, *Touch Me Lightly, *At 20,000 Feet, *My Foolish Heart, *Teabags
In 1995, Spears collaborated with fellow trombonists George Bohanon, Garnett Brown and the late Thurman Green to form "BoneSoir," (five trombones with piano, bass and drums). Their focus is to introduce audiences to the versatility of the trombone and to spotlight the varied styles of the featured players. The group has performed in numerous music programs and/or venues including the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Playboy Jazz Festival, Torrance Cultural Arts Center, Central Avenue Jazz Festival, The Jazz Bakery, The Armand Hammer Museum and The 2004 Charlie Christian Jazz Festival.
Maurice Spears has played an integral role in the music business for more than four decades. Among his many accolades, his peers recognize him as "a first call" bass trombonist on the West Coast, where in the 70's and 80's he honed his skills as a studio musician and an accomplished sideman in big bands. Spears' career spans a wide spectrum of entertainment including motion pictures and/or sound tracks; Broadway shows; television series, movies and specials; commercials; recordings and videos; and live performances.
Spears has a deep appreciation for education. He has taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District as well as the public school system in Oklahoma City, and is mentor to several young trombonists including candidates and recipients of the Thurman Green Memorial Scholarship Foundation. (An organization that awards scholarships to college level trombone students.)
In conjunction with being a musician and educator, Spears is known internationally as a music copyist par excellence. His client roster reads like "Who's Who" including Benny Golson, American Jazz Philharmonic, Festival Productions, The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Oliver Nelson, Gerald Wilson, Benny Carter, Dr. John, Diana Krall, WDR Big Band, James Morrison, Lena Horne, and Peggy Lee, to name a few. Mention Maurice Spears to any one of them and their comments are always the same: "He makes me look good on paper."
Spears is currently a charter member of the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra where he serves in the capacities of librarian, music copyist and bass trombonist. The Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra was voted #1 Big Band by Downbeat Magazine Reader's Poll in 2003 and #2 in 2004. Their tours have included performances at the Kennedy Center, New York, Manchester Craftsman Guild, and festivals in Holland, France, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Italy, the UK and Japan. They celebrated their 20th Anniversary in 2005.