Max is already an accomplished musician in both jazz and bluegrass genres. He began his performance career at the Walnut Creek farmers’ market playing banjo with his family bluegrass band, Oak Grove, and reached the professional level when he began playing with Grammy Award-winning bluegrass artist Laurie Lewis at age 16. He has appeared with Lewis at major bluegrass festivals throughout the country, (including Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco and MBOTMA Winter Weekend in Minneapolis), and will be touring with her extensively this summer (2017), hitting venues like Rockygrass Bluegrass Festival in Colorado, many venues in the Midwest, as well as a live taping of NPR music broadcast “Mountain Stage” in Elkins, West Virginia.
As a jazz bassist, Max has toured throughout Europe, as well as Japan last summer (2016) with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, a national jazz ensemble that is assembled each year by the Monterey Jazz Festival. He also was chosen to play bass in the 2015 and 2016 GRAMMY® Jazz Combos and was the only common member between those two iterations of the group.
He will begin his undergraduate studies in the fall of 2017 at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, as the bassist in the Stamps Jazz Quintet, class of 2021.
You can catch him on the road playing with Boston-based duo The Page Turners from May 21 to June 26, 2017 up and down the West Coast, or with Laurie Lewis on tour from June 30 to August 12.