August 13, 2019
Announcing new Bluegrass Jamming Class in South MiamiMax recently teamed up with famed bluegrass educator Pete Wernick to start the only Wernick Method bluegrass jamming class in South Florida. The Wernick Method is a time-tested model that gives students the necessary skills to play in a bluegrass jam in a safe, supportive...
July 27, 2019
Max Wins Rockygrass Banjo ContestMax proudly displays his new instrument; he won this beautiful Deering John Hartford 5-string banjo at the 47th Rockygrass Music Festival in Lyons, CO. “This year’s instrument contest showcased another dazzling display of virtuosity in the Wildflower Pavilion and th...
Max 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.