Max Schwartz MusicMax Schwartz is a multi-genre instrumentalist and composer from Boston, now based in Miami, FL, and is highly-acclaimed as both a bluegrass and jazz musician. He has been called “an acoustic master” by the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, has won Downbeat Awards for both performance and composition, and is a two-time member of the GRAMMY® Jazz Combo.

He first appeared with Grammy Award-winning bluegrass artist Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands at age 16, and toured with Lewis for three years throughout the country. Some highlights of their time together include the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco, Rockygrass Bluegrass Festival in Colorado, a live taping of NPR music broadcast “Mountain Stage” in Elkins, West Virginia, and the IBMA Hall of Fame Induction of Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard in Raleigh, North Carolina last year.

Additionally, Max has appeared throughout the United States with The Page Turners, an award-winning acoustic music duo based in Austin, TX, Simon Lunche, a rising pop-rock artist from Berkeley, CA, and with the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Orchestra (member in 2015 and 2016) and Combo (2016). 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.

As a jazz bassist, Max already has years worth of international touring under his belt, including a summer tour of France, Switzerland and Italy in 2015, two trips to Cuba in 2014 and 2016, and a trip to Japan in August of 2016 with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, a national jazz ensemble that is assembled each year by the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Max is currently a student at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music, as the bassist in the Stamps Jazz Quintet. This group of five undergraduate jazz musicians is generously funded by the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation , and will perform in Miami and tour together throughout their four-year tenure, ending in the spring of 2021.

Current Projects


Max Schwartz, Abbi Berry

Max Schwartz and Abbi Berry first met in February, 2016 as members of the Grammy Camp – Jazz Session, a program made up of about 30 high school students chosen by the GRAMMY Foundation to perform a week’s worth of gigs in Los Angeles, including the GRAMMY nominee reception and the official GRAMMY Celebration at the LA Convention Center. Abbi was the lead soprano in the Grammy Choir, and Max, the bassist in the Grammy Combo.

The met again the following summer as featured members of the 2016 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, an all-star group put together by the Monterey Jazz Festival. Together they performed around Monterey County and then flew to Japan for a two-week tour. After working together in a couple of settings, they realized how much they enjoyed making music together and decided to form their own group.

The idea behind Mayberry was for these two to have a creative outlet, with only one rule: no music is off-limits! They draw influence from Max’s background in bluegrass music, Abbi’s love for pop, and their formal education as jazz musicians, but they love the challenge of figuring out how to arrange new music for only two performers.

They are currently recording their first EP, to be released in the late spring/early summer of 2019.

Stamps Jazz Quintet


Max is currently a student at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music, as the bassist in the Stamps Jazz Quintet. This group of five undergraduate jazz musicians is generously funded by the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation , and will perform in Miami and tour together throughout their four-year tenure, ending in the spring of 2021. Their first album “Blue Paint” is now available for commercial release.

The Stamps Jazz Quintet features:
David Snieder – trumpet
Jered Byford – trombone
Tim Watson – guitar
Max Schwartz – bass
Marcello Carelli – drums

Max Schwartz Country Band

Max aims to bring the sound of authentic country music to Miami with this new band. Featuring students from the University of Miami who share his passion for country music, they cover artists such as Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Laurie Lewis, Buck Owens, The Byrds, and more.

The Max Schwartz Country Band features:
Max Schwartz – telecaster, banjo and vocals
Dalton Yoder – telecaster, vocals
Andre Bernier – keyboards, vocals
Sara Keden – bass, vocals
Brahm Masla – drums


“Whatever country music is supposed to be, she’s at the center of it.”

– Utah Phillips
Playing with Laurie Lewis has been Max’s primary enterprise in the acoustic music world. Since they started playing together in the summer of 2014, Max has played dozens of gigs with Laurie, including the 2015 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival and the Berkeley Bluegrass Festival in 2016. He credits Laurie, who is a fine bassist herself, with teaching him the subtleties of bluegrass bass playing, and for being the first to bring him into the professional spotlight playing acoustic music. Laurie’s band, The Right Hands, features Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Tatiana Hargreaves and Brandon Godman.


“The Page Turners harness the best and deepest parts of bluegrass and old-time sounds as their own unique springboard for some wonderful new music.”

The Page Turners

– Bruce Molsky
The Page Turners, Carolyn Kendrick and Jake Howard, are an award-winning group (2016 Freshgrass Best Duo) who have a strong foothold in the acoustic music scene. They met as students of Berklee College of Music, and started playing together through the Berklee American Roots Program. From those experiences, they began to play music together more and grew from goofy friends who loved BBQ and bluegrass, into goofy band mates as well. The Page Turners write sharp and adept original music and put new twists on old favorites. They like to blend their love of bluegrass, whiskey-fueled old-time, country music, swing, and fearless song-writing into one all-purpose seasoning of good ol’ fashioned Roots Music.

For all booking inquiries, please fill out the contact form here.



“The Blackbird Said” – The Page Turners, featuring Max Schwartz on banjo


“Kyrie Eleison” – Mayberry


Next Generation Jazz Orchestra plays “Mean Uncle Jellybags,” September 2016 (Max Schwartz on upright bass)


Max joins IBMA Hall of Fame inductees Bobby Hicks and Roland White, along with Laurie Lewis and Patrick Sauber, September 2017


SFJAZZ Combo performs “Airegin” (Max Schwartz on upright bass)


Next Generation Jazz Orchestra plays “Land of Oak” with Terri Lyne Carrington (Max Schwartz on electric bass)


Max plays banjo and sings with OMGG at IBMA 2010 in Nashville (age 12)


Private Lessons:

Available to teach private lessons via Skype or Facetime, as well as in person while on tour or at home in Miami.

  • Upright bass (bluegrass, jazz specific lessons or technique)
  • Electric bass
  • Five-string banjo (Scruggs style)
  • Guitar (bluegrass rhythm guitar and beginning flat picking)

Miami Acoustic Project

In conjunction with Barrett School of Music, Max will host a series of jam classes at Fairchild Garden for musicians of all ages! Classes are (usually) every other Sunday between February 3 and May 19. View the Events page for specific dates.

(copied from Barrett School of Music)

Join us for this premiere project, perfectly blending a jam session among friends with a group music class. All ages are encouraged and just about any instrument too, from guitar to bass to banjo to ukulele and more! Just bring what you have. Each week we’ll work on a new song. Songs will span a variety of genres, and all skill levels will be welcome and challenged. We’ll even have some performance opportunities for you!

Click here for more information.

Music Camps:

Max has been on faculty at the following music camps:

Fiddlekids (June 2012, ’13, ’14, ’15 and ’16) (teaching assistant)

California Bluegrass Association Youth Academy (Banjo, bass, and ensemble director, June 2015, Banjo and ensemble director June ’17, Bass and ensemble director June ’19)

Walker Creek Music Camp (Advanced Bass, April 2017)

Julian Family Fiddle Camp (Bass, April 2017, ’19)

For all teaching inquiries, please fill out the contact form here.



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