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
NEW ALBUM “BLUE PAINT” OUT NOW ON THE ARTISTSHARE LABEL!
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
“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.”– 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.