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Chano Dominguez’s Mantreria

Chano Dominguez’s Mantreria

Living in Valencia, Spain has exposed me to great music from other cultures. I’m currently studying Spanish music and culture at Berklee. Here’s a recording of me playing Mantreria, a flamenco-jazz fusion composition by Chano Dominguez, Spanish pianist/composer.


Recording Album of Arabic Music

Recording Album of Arabic Music

I’ll be rehearsing, recording and playing in Syrian Artist Rebal Alkhodari’s band over the coming weeks. We had a uniquely fun collaboration at the Fundacion Bancaja concert a couple of weeks ago, that I’m eager to continue. Rebal combines, Arabic, Sephardic, Moroccan, Syrian and classical music to create beautiful original melodies. Our next performance is at the Berklee Valencia campus on Tuesday, March 26 in...

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Max Holm & Colescott Rubin Duo at Jimmy Glass Jazz Bar

Max Holm & Colescott Rubin Duo at Jimmy Glass Jazz Bar

Happy to announce that I’ll be performing at the world-famous jazz club Jimmy Glass Jazz Bar in Valencia. Jimmy Glass has been around since 1991 and has presented international and emerging artists, including NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson (for whom I opened in 2014 at the Orlando Jazz Festival with the UCF All-Star Jazztet), Kenny Garrett and George Garzone (with whom I studied at the...

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With the Rebal Alkhodari Band at Bancaja Fundacíon

With the Rebal Alkhodari Band at Bancaja Fundacíon

I had the honor of being asked by Rebal to play in his band for a concert at Bancaja Fundacíon in Valencia. We played swinging Jazz Middle Eastern and classical music fusion. Rebal has a growing following for his blend of Syrian, Iraqi, Moroccan, Sephardic and Arabic original tunes. One of my favorite pieces of the evening was our original arrangement of  “Erbarme dich, mein...

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Performing at the JFK Library

Performing at the JFK Library

A performance highlight for me: this coming Wednesday, December 5, 2018 I’m excited to be sharing the stage with Todd Purdum, national editor of Vanity Fair, former LA bureau chief for the NY Times, Times White House Correspondent and staff writer for the Atlantic. He’ll be interviewed by WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowenat the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. I’ll be illustrating musical concepts raised...

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James Beard Foundations Taste America: Boston

James Beard Foundations Taste America: Boston

I’ll be performing at the James Beard Foundations Taste America National Culinary Tour in Boston tonight, November 2, 2018 at The State Room. The event features many dishes from top Boston area chefs: The band includes Sam Smith and Nick Groat. But most importantly I’ll get to eat some delicious food from top Boston chefs! Dinner Menu Created by VISITING ALL-STAR James Beard Award Winner Renee Erickson...

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Last Week of September 2018 – And Things are Heating Up!

Last Week of September 2018 – And Things are Heating Up!

This is going to be my favorite semester at Berklee College of Music. It’s not just because I’m getting into singing and songwriting, but because I have a lot more time to collaborate with other artists, while expanding my abilities into other genres. I’m able to graduate a year early because of all the credits I’m accumulated through testing out, dual enrollment credits I earned...

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Rehearsing for Scandinavian Cultural Center Gig

Getting ready for our gig at the Scandinavian Cultural Center in Newton on September 29, 2018. My band is Tristan Boyadiev Mitchell on sax, Tuomas Räsänen on drums and Sam Smith on bass.


Art & Life With Max Holm in the Boston Voyager

Art & Life With Max Holm in the Boston Voyager

Thanks to the Boston Voyager Magazine’s “Boston’s Most Inspiring Stories” editor for the post about me. You can read it at http://bostonvoyager.com/interview/art-life-max-holm/


Fenway Park TEDx Beacon Street Performance

Fenway Park TEDx Beacon Street Performance

Here’s a pic with my trio after our performance at the TEDx Beacon Street Salon at Fenway Park, the home of the Boston Red Sox, yesterday on August 27, 2018. Joining me were Kristalis Sotomayor from Puerto Rico on flute and Volt Witchuporn Jingjit from Thailand on violin. We played some original compositions by me and Volt, as well as a few covers of jazz...

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I’m a TED Speaker!

I’m a TED Speaker!

On August 16, I gave a TED talk at the Trip Advisor global headquarters in Massachusetts. There was an audience of about 800 people, although the main audience for a TED talk is the hundreds of thousands or even millions of people who love to watch TED talks. This particular talk was part of the regional TEDx Beacon Street New England organization. My talk was...

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I’ll be giving a TED Talk!

I’ll be giving a TED Talk!

I’ve been asked to do a TED Talk on August 16, 2018 at the TripAdvisor HQ. The talk will be about how a near-death experience turned me into an award-winning jazz musician. Thanks to TEDXBeaconStreet for the opportunity. TEDXBeaconStreet is a regional New England TED that has gotten the most talks on the “big” TED.com. Our talks get millions of views.


TEDXBeaconStreet Performance at EY Kendall Square

TEDXBeaconStreet Performance at EY Kendall Square

I had the honor of performing for the TEDXBeaconStreet audience before and in between speakers at the beautiful offices of EY (fka Ernst & Young), the accounting firm. It’s always inspiring to me to listen to TED speakers. I may have some exciting news to share soon about a possible TED talk of my own.  



Solo in 10th Intervals: Coltrane’s Moment’s Notice

On my left hand I’ve transcribed from Moment’s Notice John Coltrane’s solo. I’m also harmonizing the solo a 10th higher with my right hand. I’m an award-winning pianist, known for jazz, I but play many genres of music. You can find me on Facebook.com/MaxHolmMusician. You can reach me at HolmBookings@Gmail.com . MaxHolm.com.  


2018 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition Winner for Jazz

2018 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition Winner for Jazz

The Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition is a prestigious competition for 18 to 22 year old US musicians. The categories of classical, contemporary and jazz music are combined to choose one overall winner for each instrument. It is so rigorous that they may decide no one is worthy to receive any prize. I was the only jazz pianist to receive an award this year, Honorable...

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College Club of Boston March 8, 2018

College Club of Boston March 8, 2018

I performed Jazz, Great American Songbook, and some pop at The College Club of Boston’s monthly happy hour on March 8, 2018. Pic by Vivian Bolt


Award Winner Original Classical Composition: Counterpoint in G

Award Winner Original Classical Composition: Counterpoint in G

My Counterpoint in G classical composition was chosen by the Berklee College of Music’s Composition Department as one of the best of 2017. It will be performed by Berklee Professor Marti Epstein on Monday, March 5, 2018 at Berklee Recital Hall 1 A as part of the Best Inventions Plus 2017 Concert.


Max Holm Quartet at Nordic Hall

Max Holm Quartet at Nordic Hall

The Max Holm Quartet, featuring Tristan Mitchell, Stefano Battaglia, Julian Gutbrod and me, will be performing at the Scandinavian Cultural Center in West Newton, MA on Friday, March 2, starting at 7 PM. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $7 for members. We will play swinging jazz, so get your dancing shoes on!


Quincy Patriot-Ledger Blurb about Me

Quincy Patriot-Ledger Blurb about Me

The local Quincy, MA paper of record The Patriot-Ledger posted my picture and a short news item about my Honorable Mention from the Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition.


Received an Award

Received an Award

The Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition chooses among outstanding musicians within the combined classical, contemporary and jazz categories. Only up to one winner is chosen from each instrument, and there may be no winner chosen, if the appropriate standards are not achieved. The winner of the piano competition is a graduate student and classical pianist at the Juilliard School. Although I’m only a second year...

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The Great American Songbook: The Music of Paul Simon

The Great American Songbook: The Music of Paul Simon

The Berklee Performance Center is almost sold out! Only a few seats of the 1,215 are still available for this one-time only performance. Come see me and other talented vocalists and musicians perform Paul Simon’s hits on Sunday, February 25 at 7:30 PM. Tickets here.


Counterpoint in G Major Wins Award

Counterpoint in G Major Wins Award

My original composition Counterpoint in G Major was chosen as one of 2017’s  best by the Berklee Composition Department faculty. Listen to it on Instagram. Merry Christmas everyone! Here's a clip of an original untitled classical composition by yours truly #classical #bach #music #originalcomposition #original #classical #classicalmusic #baroque #piano #baroquemusic #bostonclassicalmusic #bostonclassical #androidrecording #recording #pianorecording #originalclassicalpiece #pianopiece #pianomusic #classicalcomposition A post shared by Max Holm...

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Boston Harbor Hotel Corporate Gig

Boston Harbor Hotel Corporate Gig

The Max Holm Band had the pleasure of playing at Forbes 5-Star Boston Harbor Hotel with beautiful views of the wharf. The 4 hour set list included holiday tunes, jazz, pop and rock tunes. The party-goers had such a great time they didn’t want to leave. We provided the client with a giant poster which they put on foam board and on an easel to...

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Jazz for Puerto Rico Fundraiser

Jazz for Puerto Rico Fundraiser

I’ll be performing a new composition, STATE OF AFFAIRS, and the entire Berklee Global Jazz Institute faculty and students will perform in order to raise money for Puerto Rico recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria. Join us tonight November 21, 2017 at the Global Jazz Institute, 1260 Boylston Street, Boston. Students and faculty come together to raise funds for Puerto Rico! The evening will feature faculty...

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New Composition: State of Affairs

This is an original composition of mine (copyright # 1-6018358091) © 2017, arranged by me and featuring the following players from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute: Daniel Szczepanski – Trumpet Ethan Santos – Trombone Noam Tanzer – Bass Taehyun Kim – Drums Max Holm – Piano, Composer, Arranger



Reaching Fourth

A video recording I recently made with some friends at Berklee College of Music of McCoy Tyner’s Reaching Fourth. Piano solo, jazz, straight ahead. Video shot at Berklee College of Music ensemble room by Rhett Randolph. Max Holm – Piano Chris Mondak – Bass Justin Fossella – Drums Contact me by calling (801) 436-7460 or via my Facebook Page


Brad Mehldau

Brad Mehldau

Here I am with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, after a concert in Cambridge. He improvised Bach. I saw him a few years ago in Miami, too. There’s a pic of us together then, too.



Review of The Inside of the Outside

I previously missed this nice review on All About Jazz of my album with Jeff Coffin and the Crescent Super Band, The Inside of the Outside: Jeff Coffin With Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band: The Inside Of The Outside By JACK BOWERS January 12, 2016 Jeff Coffin with Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band: The Inside of the Outside The first time woodwind artist Jeff Coffin...

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Classical Improvisation

I’m currently in my 4th semester at Berklee, after completing 49 credits in semester 1. I’m taking 12 classes this term, looking forward to getting deeper into improvisation with Kenny Werner, and taking production, groove writing and arranging classes, among others. Those are my favorites. Here’s a video of me completely improvising a classical piece in one of the Berklee practice rooms on campus.  


Some New Compositions

Some New Compositions

2016 has been a great year! Just completed my 1st semester at Berklee College of Music and am now entering my 4th semester after getting credit for college courses previously taken in high school, plus testing out of a bunch of classes. Here are some compositions I wrote this past year. I’ve compiled them into an album called SWEDEN SONGS. Check them out: MaxHolm.Bandcamp.Com  


Up for 5 GRAMMYS!

Up for 5 GRAMMYS!

Our album that just one Best Jazz Album of the Year from the Nashville Independent Music Awards, THE INSIDE OF THE OUTSIDE, is up for consideration in 5 categories in this year’s GRAMMY AWARDS voting! GRAMMY member? Vote for us! Jeff Coffin’s THE INSIDE OF THE OUTSIDE with The Crescent Super Band on EarUp Records. Listen and/or buy it here.


NIMA Best Jazz Album 2016!

NIMA Best Jazz Album 2016!

The Nashville Independent Music Awards have given my album with Jeff Coffin, Branford Marsalis, Victor Wooten, and The Crescent Super Band the 2016 Best Jazz Album Award! I’m featured on 8 of the 10 tracks, and get top billing on SWEET MAGNOLIAS, Track #8. You can check out the tracks at http://earuprecords.com/release/the-inside-of-the-outside/


JoAnne Brackeen

JoAnne Brackeen

I’m pleased to be taking private lessons with JoAnne Brackeen, who played in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Her resume is extensive. She’s considered one of the top jazz pianists in the world, has composed hundreds of tunes, and has played with many jazz greats. She’s 78 years old, a professor at Berklee College of Music.



Top 50 on Radio for 9 Weeks Straight!

From Jeff Coffin about our album: “My big band cd THE INSIDE OF THE OUTSIDE (w/Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band) has been doing quite well and was in the top 50 on radio for 9 weeks straight!! Thanks to all of you who bought this…ALL proceeds will be going to the National School of Music in Havana, Cuba.” As you know, I play keys on...

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Performing at Reno Jazz Festival This Weekend

Performing at Reno Jazz Festival This Weekend

I’m performing at the 54th Annual Reno Jazz Festival in Nevada this weekend. One of the headliners is Snarky Puppy. I did a master class with Michael League, the leader of Snarky Puppy, about a year ago in LA. Lage Lund and the Collective are also headlining. I’m there with the University of the Pacific Big Band.


Berklee Presidential Scholar!!!!!

Berklee Presidential Scholar!!!!!

This is especially meaningful because you can’t apply for this honor. Dear Max: It is my privilege to formally announce your selection as a Presidential Scholar at Berklee College of Music commencing this fall, September 2016. You have been selected for this honor out of a pool of more than 7,000 applicants to our fall class, involving an extensive international talent search via our World...

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Downbeat Award Winner!

Downbeat Award Winner!

Proud to announce that I won a 39th Annual Downbeat Magazine Student Music Award for LARGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE – HONORS ENSEMBLE WINNER, as part of the work I did with the Crescent Super Band last year.



The Cantlebary Song

Original composition, THE CANTLEBARY SONG. Applied for US Copyright license, case #1-3309674321. Composed and arranged by Max Holm. Performed by Max Holm and the Brubeck Jazz Quartet 2015-16: Max Holm, piano; Tim Angulo, drums; Emmett Sher, guitar; Zane DeBord, bass. Free download at BandCamp.


Photo by Liz Haapanen

Fort Bragg Concert

Last night we played at the Northcoast Brewing Company in Fort Bragg, CA. It was a fun gig in a very beautiful location. I felt I was on vacation.


Performing with Dave O’Higgins Tonight

Performing with Dave O’Higgins Tonight

Have been working with British jazz saxophonist Dave O’Higgins for the last couple of days. Tonight we’re performing together at Take 5 Brewing Company in Stockton.


Great, Packed House at Dizzy’s Club Last Night

Great, Packed House at Dizzy’s Club Last Night

We played to a full house last night at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy’s Club last night. We’ll be back there tonight Friday 4/1 and tomorrow night Saturday 4/2 at 11:30 PM, with a jam session to follow our set tomorrow. Max Holm at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola with the Brubeck Jazz Quartet, March 31, 2016



Back in NYC to play at Jazz at Lincoln Center

I’m back in NYC, but this time with the BIJQ from March 30 to April 5. I have some free time, and I’ll start enjoying that Wednesday night at The Blue Note where I’ll see trumpeter Wallace Roney (student of Miles Davis), bassist Buster Williams (played with Herbie Hancock), drummer Lenny White (played with Chick Correa), plus some other guys. NY is great that way....

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A Week in NYC

A Week in NYC

I’ve spent this past Spring Break week in NYC, going to late night jam sessions at Small’s Jazz Club in the Village, seeing some jazz greats at The Blue Note and jamming with friends I hadn’t seen in a while. I’m now back in Stockton with just 7 weeks to go in my Brubeck Fellowship year. I’ll be back in NYC this month to play...

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Performances with Edward Simon

Performances with Edward Simon

Wednesday evening, March 2,  I’ll be performing with Venezuelan pianist/composer Edward Simon at Spanos Concert Hall as part of the Pacific Jazz Ensemble. Thursday evening, March 3, I’ll be performing again with Venezuelan pianist/composer Edward Simon at Take 5 Jazz Club, this time with the BIJQ. Friday I’ll be meeting and helping to audition the finalists for next year’s Brubeck Fellowship recipients (along with the BIJQ...

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My Album Still Going Strong After 3 Months

My Album Still Going Strong After 3 Months

My album with Jeff Coffin, THE INSIDE OF THE OUTSIDE, is still going strong, according to Jazz Week. Not sure what highest debut at #19 means, but being mentioned in the same paragraph as Snarky Puppy sounds good to me! “The week’s highest debut (No. 19) is Jeff Coffin with Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Superband The Inside Of The Outside (Ear Up).”


John Raymond Project

John Raymond Project

This week I get to work with and learn from New York-based trumpeter John Raymond of the JOHN RAYMOND PROJECT. They’ll perform at Take 5 Jazz Club on Thursday, 2/18.  


#1 Most Added Album by Jazz Radio Stations in the US!

#1 Most Added Album by Jazz Radio Stations in the US!

Released in mid-December, my album with Jeff Coffin & The Crescent Super Band, where I play piano on 8 of the 10 songs, THE INSIDE OF THE OUTSIDE, is still going strong, according to Jazz Week! WE ARE THE #1 MOST ADDED ALBUM BY JAZZ RADIO STATIONS! “At No. 1 on this week’s JazzWeek Jazz Chart, is Cyrille Aimée ‘Let’s Get Lost’ (Mack Avenue). Biggest...

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Congratulations John C. Fremont Elementary School!

This Friday, Feb 12, 2016, we’re playing (the BIJQ) for little kids at the Fremont Elementary School because they had the most participants at the “Brubeck Inspires My Imagination” art exhibit this past Fall. Over 1,600 students throughout San Joaquin County participated. Stockton Unified School District winners of the grade-level best-of-shows were: Kindergarten, Jaslene Duenas, Nightingale; grades 1-3, Linda Vang, Madison, and Sergio Rodrigues, Fremont;...

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Performing with Stefon Harris Thursday

Performing with Stefon Harris Thursday

I’ll be performing with acclaimed vibraphonist-composer, multi-Grammy nominated Stefon Harris this Thursday, February 4 at the Take 5 Jazz Club in Stockton, along with the Brubeck Jazz Quartet. The NY Times called Stefon “one of the most important young artists in jazz.” Tickets available at the door.


Cross-Genre Poetry, Art & Jazz Concert Tonight

Cross-Genre Poetry, Art & Jazz Concert Tonight

What’s cooler than jazz? Poetry, Art and Jazz! Playing some original compositions this evening at the Sacramento Arts Center’s Jazz Poetry Concert in Carmichael. Starts at 7 PM. Tickets $25.  


Tom Young Septet at Viridian Center

Tom Young Septet at Viridian Center

I’ll be performing for 700 persons at the Viridian Center as part of the Excellence in the Community Music Series. The Tom Young Septet includes: Tom Young, trumpet & vocals Philip Kuehn, bass Max Holm, piano Steve Lyman, drums Rahsaan Pickett, guitar David Halliday, sax Nelson Campbell, trombone Saturday, January 9 at 7 PM, Viridian Center, West Jordan, UT. The event is free.    



New Recording : Blue in Green

Here’s a new recording I made a couple of days ago of Bill Evans’ “Blue in Green.” I know that Miles Davis took credit for this composition, which is featured on his album, “Kind of Blue.”


New Album Released! The Inside of the Outside

New Album Released! The Inside of the Outside

So happy to announce the release tomorrow, December 4, 2015 of my first professional album, THE INSIDE OF THE OUTSIDE, with Jeff Coffin and the Crescent SuperBand, featuring Special Guest Artists: Randy Brecker – trumpet Rashawn Ross – trumpet Branford Marsalis – tenor saxophone Roy ‘ Futureman’ Wooten – percussion Victor Wooten – electric bass Trombone Shorty – trombone Robertico Garcia – trumpet Pedrito Martinez –...

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Performing at Delta Jazz Festival

Performing at Delta Jazz Festival

Next Saturday I’ll perform with Grammy-nominated saxophonist Donny McAslin at the Delta Jazz Festival at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, CA from 12 Noon to 1 PM (with BIJQ).



New Studio Recording: THE COMING

Here’s a recent studio recording of my original composition, THE COMING 2015 Copyright #: 1-2916027901 Performed by the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quartet Max Holm – Piano Emmett Sher – Guitar Zane DeBord – Bass Timothy Angulo – Drums  


NAACP

NAACP

Tonight I played for the NAACP at the Brookside Golf & Country Club in Stockton, CA.


The New BIJQ

The New BIJQ

The Brubeck Institute Jazz Quartet 2015-2016: Max Holm, piano; Timothy Angulo, drums; Emmett Sher, guitar; Zane DeBord, bass.


Region Rising Conference

Region Rising Conference

This week I’m performing at the Region Rising Conference for over 1,000 persons attending at the Sacramento Convention Center. Later in the week I’ll be at a private event at the Brookside Golf and Country Club in Stockton.


Jacam Manricks Master Class

Jacam Manricks Master Class

Great Master Class with Ari Hoenig and Jacam Manricks today at the Brubeck Institute! It was so fun to learn from then, then watch them both play tonight at Take Five Jazz Club!


Brubeck Festival 2015

Brubeck Festival 2015

I’ll be performing at the 2015 Brubeck Festival, which will take place at various venues in Stockton, CA. Headliners include Grammy-winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Karrin Allyson and the San Francisco Jazz Collective.


Haggin Museum Music Series

Haggin Museum Music Series

I’ll be performing at the 3rd Thursdays Concert Series of the Haggin Museum in Stockton, CA tonight with the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM.


Lessons and Work Ethic

Lessons and Work Ethic

My busy schedule means I don’t have much time to edit recordings, videos, images, etc., except for assignments, and what little time is left I use for gigs or rehearsals or practice. So I wrote this post to let you know what I’m doing and what’s on my mind. I’m having an incredible learning experience at the Brubeck Institute. Although to be honest, I have...

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Performing with Marvin Stamm, Renowned Jazz Trumpeter

Performing with Marvin Stamm, Renowned Jazz Trumpeter

October 1, 2015 I’ll be performing with trumpeter Marvin Stamm, who played with many jazz greats, including Stan Kenton, Woodie Herman, Frank Sinatra and many, many others. The doors at the Take 5 Jazz Club open at 6:30 PM and the show starts at 7:00 PM. I’ll be performing with the BIJQ.



For Immediate Release: Max Holm to Perform at 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival

Top, award-winning, young jazz pianist honored to be performing at the festival along with Wynton Marsalis, Chick Correa, Terence Blanchard and many other superstar musicians. September 16, 2015, Stockton, CA — Max Holm, 2015-2016 Brubeck Institute Fellowship winner, will be performing at the 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival, September 18 to 20. Holm, who’s performed for audiences as large as 60,000 persons as recently as...

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58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival This Weekend!

I’ll be performing at the 58th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival this weekend. Wynton Marsalis, Chick Correa, Terence Blanchard and too many great artists to mention will be performing, as well. I’ve got two gigs scheduled with the Brubeck Quintet and the other in a trio with some Brubeck mates. If you’re coming to Monterey, here are the gig dates/times/location: Saturday, September 19, 2015 Brubeck Institute...

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Debut of The Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet Tonight!

Debut of The Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet Tonight!

The BIJQ will play our debut concert this evening from 9 PM to 10:30 PM at The Lair as part of The Brickyard Series of the University of the Pacific. Upcoming gigs include the Monterey Jazz Festival and The Brubeck Festival. Stay tuned.


Wrote Theme Song for New Show

Wrote Theme Song for New Show

I just delivered the theme song for the new talk show BREAKING INTO REALITY on AfterBuzzTV.com, E! Entertainment’s Maria Menounos’ channel,which gets over 10 million online viewers per day. The premiere of the show will be sometime in early to mid-July. Big stars from Reality TV will be guests on the show. Here’s the theme song on SoundCloud.  © 2015 Max Holm via BMI. https://soundcloud.com/…/max-holm-intro-breaking-into-reali…


4th of July – Playing for 40,000 People!

4th of July – Playing for 40,000 People!

I’ll be playing before JOURNEY goes on with The Crescent Super Band at the 4th of July celebrations at the Stadium of Fire in Provo.  There will be 40,000 people in attendance, plus thousands of military personnel around the world. Journey is famous for their song, DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’, among others. We’ll also close the show, playing during the fireworks.


Guest Artists on Our Album with Jeff Coffin

Guest Artists on Our Album with Jeff Coffin

I’m hard at work this week, rehearsing for the new album I’m recording next week (as part of the Crescent Super Band)  with Jeff Coffin. I’m really excited to report that there are going to be some incredible GUEST ARTISTS on this album, all Grammy-winners! Branford Marsalis Victor Wooten Randy Brecker and Jeff’s Dave Matthews Band bandmate, Rashawn Ross! Plus there are more guest artists to...

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June Gigs & Tour

June Gigs & Tour

June 2015 is another jam-packed month for me. First, there’s a week to finish laying down tracks for the album with Jeff Coffin with the Crescent Super Band. Then we’re doing a concert at the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City on June 16. The week of June 21 to the 28th we go off on a Washington DC tour. We’ll be playing at the legendary...

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Best of State – Utah

Best of State – Utah The Crescent Super Band – I am the pianist – has been awarded BEST OF STATE – Utah in the PROFESSIONAL BAND category, competing against adults. Our musicians are 15 to 18 years old. The Crescent Super Band has won 14 medals in 9 consecutive years. 10% talent, 90% hard work!



Utah Jazz Halftime Show March 18, 2015

I’ll perform during the halftime show on March 18 at USANA Energy Solutions Arena (19,000 people!). Utah Jazz vs Washington Wizards. I’ll be performing with the Crescent Super Band. Catch us on TV or online. 2nd time at USANA Arena!



Park City TV Appearance

Catch me on PCTV Mountain Views with Terry Burden today, Tuesday, March 10 at 6 PM MDT. http://parkcity.tv/livestream/ or on your local cable station.


New Recordings on My Videos Page

Videos Here are some new recordings on my “/videos” page. It’s been crazy with finals, college applications, live auditions, performances. The next few weeks I’ll be traveling a lot, including college auditions and the Peaks Jazz Festival.



Met Jamie Aebersold and He Gave Me a Quarter

Dr. Lou Fischer Co-Founder of JEN, and the man who funded the scholarship I received, decided to introduce me to Jamey Aebersold, whom I had already met the day before. Jamey reaches into his pocket and says, “Hey. I got something for ya.” And he gave me this quarter. That’s Duke Ellington’s portrait and his name on the piano.



JEN2015 was mind-expanding and fun. Took a pic with Wayne Bergeron who said to me “Hold that award up!”,  played with Poncho Sanchez, met Gordon Goodwin, David Baker and many, many others.



Performing with Poncho Sanchez at JEN 2015 in San Diego, CA



Me with some famous jazz guys: Jamey Aebersold, Michael Mossman, Ignacio Berroa, Herbie Hancock, Peter Erskine at JEN2015



At Starbucks with Herbie Hancock. We’re both there for JEN 2015. I’m receiving the Lou Fischer Co-Founder Award, as the only high school jazz student in the country and he’s the keynote speaker.



Jamming with jazz guitarist Corey Christiansen at JEN 2015



This is the 3rd year in a row that I’ve been selected for an all state jazz band. This year I’ll be in the 2015 Utah All State Jazz Band, performing in St. George, UT on February 6.



They want us to think that everything is for sale. That we have to compete with each other to win the opportunity to sell whatever our talent is. That’s not how I want to live my life. I’m not for sale.



Played with Jon Batiste and Stay Human yesterday evening at the St. Regis Deer Valley 5th Anniversary Party. It was the most incredible experience of my life, so far. Thank you, #JonBatiste and #StayHuman!



Tomorrow, Thursday, I start early with a TV appearance on NBC station KSL 5 from 5 AM to 7 AM. The Crescent Super Band will perform several numbers. Look for me – I’m the piano player!  Then we head over to the South Towne Center Mall in Salt Lake City to perform live for the shoppers, but also for FM 100.3 radio. That’s at 1...

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BIG NEWS! Next Friday, December 12 I’ll be opening for JON BATISTE & his band Stay Human here in Park City! It’s a private event for 300 VIPs. I’m very honored and excited to be chosen to play solo for this. Jon is considered one of the 30 under 30 most influential people in world music. www.Jonbatiste.com



Recommendation Letter

Caleb Chapman Music  555 East Main St  American Fork, UT 84003  TEL 801.860.0840  caleb@calebchapmanmusic.com  November 1, 2014 To Whom It May Concern, It is my pleasure to be able to comment to you on pianist Max Holm. I had the opportunity to get to know Max in my role as Director of the Jazz Band of America (JBOA), and more recently, as his director in...

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Warming up and set up for appearance on Park City Television’s Mountain Views with Terry Burden



Park City TV 4th Appearance Tomorrow & Award Ceremony

So tomorrow after school, I’m being recognized and given an award by the Park City School District for the 2015 Jazz Education Network Lou Fischer Scholarship I won. That’s a nice surprise. THEN Catch me at 6 PM for my 4th appearance on Park City Television PCTV Mountain Views with Terry Burden. Terry will interview me and I’ll play a few jazz tunes by myself....

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Local musician chases his dream

Local musician chases his dream It was a week that changed his life, and Max Holm remembers it in vivid detail. He shifts back in his seat as he tells the story. There are a few inaccuracies in this article published today in the Park Record. I should’ve been clearer. I’ve only been playing piano for 5 years, for example – but, hey, it’s nice...

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Dear Max, On behalf of the Jazz Education Network, CONGRATULATIONS on being selected as the 2015 Lou Fischer Co-Founder Scholarship recipient sponsored by JEN!  This award recognizes an outstanding jazz student who excels in a high school music program who has a strong resume and is supported with exemplary recommendations from professionals in the field.  Hopefully, you will get to meet Dr. Lou Fischer and...

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Thank you to the Jazz Education Network! I was the only high school student in the country chosen to receive the JEN Lou Fischer Scholarship Award.  I get a $1,000 merit grant! This can defray some of the costs of flying to various live college auditions. #I’mStillInHighSchool #JENGRANT



Grammy Band Audition 2015. Billie’s Bounce, Quiet Now, What is This Thing Called Love, Pass the Peas. #grammyband2015 #jazz #jazzpiano (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



I’ve started to sing. This is “Emily” the title song from the 1964 film, “The Americanization of Emily” by Johnny Mercer and Johnny Mandel. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



I don’t play classical very often these days. Here’s Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Variatio 1. a 1 Clav. Recorded with my phone today, Oct 2, 2014 at the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



Thanks for the tweet, @jeffcoffinmusic! Proud member of the Crescent Super Band!



Live on Park City TV Tomorrow Sept 16

Catch me performing with trumpeter Luca Rodoni and being interviewed on Park City TV, live streaming at 6 PM Mountain Time tomorrow. http://parkcity.tv/livestream/



Upcoming Gigs

Some of my major gigs coming up this year with the Crescent Super Band: New album recording with multi-Grammy award winner Jeff Coffin of the Dave Matthews Band. Performing with Grammy-winning legend Poncho Sanchez at the JEN International Jazz Conference Performing at the Kennedy Center Various concerts with members of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Neon Trees, Yellow Jackets, +++



With Kirk Whalum on stage at the Utah State Fair



Grammy winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum and I after our gig at the Utah State Fair. He was the guest performer with the Crescent Super Band.



Tuesday, September 9 at 7:30 PM. I’ll be playing with the Crescent Super Band and Kirk Whalum – Catch the very last show of the Crescent Super Band’s concert season as we take the stage at the Utah State Fair’s Grandstand. The concert is FREE with paid admission to the Fair and features very special guest, KIRK WHALUM! Kirk Whalum became one of the most recognized saxophonists...

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My keytar solo on Janelle Monae’s “Tightrope” – I was told the crowd of 19,000 went wild. I didn’t notice. At Energy Solutions Arena, home of the Utah Jazz, Salt Lake City.



Performing at USANA AWARDS 2014 at Energy Solutions Arena


Private Corporate Event

Private Corporate Event Playing a private corporate event for USANA at the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City tomorrow, August 28, with the Crescent Super Band. Home of the NBA Jazz; also hosts major touring concerts, rodeos, ice shows, family shows, circuses, motor sports, hockey and large conventions.



Jamming with Jeff Coffin, saxophonist for Dave Matthews Band and 3 time Grammy Award Winner.



O’Shucks Tonight

Playing tonight at O’Shucks 427 Main St, Park City with Orville Clarke, Leo Peters, Peter Hanaman, Rowson Simmons. Starts at 6:30 pm.



Thanks for the Standing Ovation!

I played Body and Soul solo at the Davis Arts Council Summer Concert Series and got a standing ovation! It was a wonderful experience!



I’ll be performing tomorrow Saturday, August 15 at the Davis Arts Council Summer Concert Series with the Crescent Super Band at 8 PM at the Kenley Amphitheater in Layton, UT. The Summer Concert Series includes performances by Bill Cosby, The Indigo Girls and Blood Sweat and Tears, Honored to be on the same stage.



On Park City TV’s “Mountain Views” with Terry Burden. With saxophonist Derrick Dymalski. 



With a friend at Brubeck Jazz Colony 2014



Live on Park City TV Weds, Aug 13! Watch me play live and be interviewed Wednesday, August 13 from 6 pm to 7 pm mountain time on Park City TV. Sax/flute player Derrick Dymalski will be with me.  http://parkcity.tv/livestream



The 2014 Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony participants, chosen from among hundreds who auditioned worldwide. 



Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony 2014, Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, Nevada


Am at Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony

Am at Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony I’m one of only 28 musicians chosen internationally to attend this week in Incline Village, Nevada.



Having fun in Los Angeles



I’ll be interviewed tomorrow on NPR station KPCW in Park City. I’ll also be playing live on the air with Derrick Dymalski. Catch the live streaming at 5:45 PM Mountain time/ 7:45 PM Eastern time tomorrow, Wednesday, July 30, 2014.



Getting ready to take the stage at the Benny Golson Jazz Festival at Snow College, Ephraim, Utah. Yeah. It’s sunny.



This week I’m in Ephraim, Utah for the New York Jazz Symposium, where I’ll take classes from the Juilliard School and Berklee College of Music teachers, among others. On July 19 I’ll play in the Benny Golson Jazz Festival. If you remember, I opened for Benny Golson with the UCF Jazztet at the UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival earlier this year. 



The Snake River Canyon in Twin Falls, Idaho is where the Crescent Super Band and I headlined the Jazz on the Canyon Rim 2-day event. We played for 2 hours yesterday in this amazing location. Photo credit: Caleb Chapman



Am headlining the 15th Annual Jazz on the Canyon event on Friday, July 11 as part of the Crescent Super Band at the Twin Falls Center for the Arts in Twin Falls, Idaho. More info at JazzontheCanyon.com



What a generous musician Rich Wyman is! I spent some time with him at his home in Park City, along with saxophonist Derrick Dymalski. Am very grateful. “More than an award-winning artist, accomplished songwriter, and amazing pianist, Rich Wyman is a first-rate showman with a faithful following around the world. An unstoppable creative force, Wyman is the recipient of 10 ASCAP Awards and is also...

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Don’t Look Down by Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band

Don’t Look Down by Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band Curious about the Crescent Super Band? Check out our latest album, featuring Jeff Coffin of the Dave Matthews Band, James Valentine of Maroon 5, Branden Campbell of the Neon Trees, Ryan Innes from The Voice, Stuart Maxfield of Fictionist, and the incredible vocalist and songwriter, Dustin Christensen.



Performed as part of the Crescent Super Band at a Tuesday concert series called “Music With the Mayor” in Salt Lake City.



At University of Southern California with Lamont Dozier, Motown legend who wrote “Stop in the Name of Love”, “Where Did Our Love Go” and many others. Today I’m in two songwriting workshops.



Back to the place of my birth after 17 years! Very exciting!



Official 2014 Jazz Band of America National Music for All Festival video. I’m at the 1:11 mark – Oneness! 🙂 (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



Playing with trombonist, Robin Eubanks, at the Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



2014 Jazz Band of America, performing “Breakfast at Denny’s”. My solo starts at the 5:00 minute mark. Music for All National Festival, Indianapolis, Indiana (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



Thank you to Essentially Ellington for this picture of Wynton Marsalis and me.



Downloadable photo from Jazz Band of America 2014. For media purposes.



Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony 2014

Did I tell you I got in? Am very excited and happy to attend the highly exclusive Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony 2014. It’s an honor.



With Mr. Christopher Dorsey, Band Director of the Dillard High School Jazz Ensemble, receiving an Outstanding Soloist Award. Without his influence I would not be where I am today. Dillard will always be in my heart.



To Max. Eldar Djangirov



Was inducted into the National Honor Society today.



The moment Wynton Marsalis called my name for the Outstanding Piano award


Dillard finishes third in national jazz competition

Dillard finishes third in national jazz competition A Fort Lauderdale high school traveled to New York and placed third in a prestigious national jazz competition on Saturday. A Fort Lauderdale high school traveled to New York and placed third in a prestigious national jazz competition on Saturday. Dillard Center for the Arts finished in the top three at the 19th Annual Essentially Ellington High School...

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Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition 2014 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC! I received the Outstanding Piano Award from Wynton Marsalis. We came in 3rd place behind two community super bands, that can cherry-pick players. We’re the top high school jazz band in the country! As a high school band, we can’t just only choose the best players from our region. Photo with...

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With multi-Latin Grammy Award-winning record producer/arranger/pianist Sergio George at his company, Top Stop Music. He was very generous with his time & has offered to be a mentor to me. It means a lot.



Today I’m meeting Sergio George, multi-Latin Grammy Award-winning pianist, arranger and record producer, who’s worked with Marc Antony, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Johnny Rivera and many, many others. I’m really excited to have this one-on-one with him at his recording studio. I hope to post some action shots later.



With Brad Mehldau at Nova Southeastern University, April 12, 2014



First magazine article about me in April’s Plantation Times, page 18. I like the links to my website and Facebook page.



1ieMtRXT3Wk30CnydQWBfl Here’s my father, Lars Holm and his Swedenborg Quartet, playing with Max Roach on “Bird Says” from the Live at Vielharmonie album. The old meta data doesn’t include his name on Spotify. It shows his violist Anders Lindgren instead. 


Cecil Bridgewater

Cecil Bridgewater Here’s my father’s Swedenborg Quartet, playing with Max Roach on “A Little Booker” from the album Live at Vielharmonie. It’s super fast playing. The old meta data doesn’t include his name on Spotify. It shows his violist Anders Lindgren instead. 



My direct connection to Max Roach: In the 1980s my father, Lars Holm, who is a classical violinist, toured with Max Roach. My father’s quartet was the Swedenborg Quartet. Max Roach at that time was experimenting with string quartets. After touring, they went to Munich, Germany, where they recorded this album. This is all kind of weird to me because my father doesn’t play jazz...

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Got some really great recommendation letters this past week. Thank you so much! https://maxholm.com/recommendations



Intro to “Body and Soul” I worked on for the Music for All Festival in Indianapolis, where I played with Jazz Band of America (JBOA). I’ll share the final performance here when I get the DVD. It’s improvised, so I never know what it’s going to sound like in the end. Video by Caleb Chapman, band director of JBOA 2014 and Crescent Super Band. (Written...

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Here’s the intro to Body and Soul for Jazz Band of America 2014. It’s not exactly what I played at the Music for All Festival because I improvise. When i get the DVD, I’ll post it here. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



With Marty Morell, drummer who played in the Bill Evans Trio the longest from 1968 to 1974.



Smiles with Benny Golson



Benny Golson playing “I Remember Clifford”



Benny Golson UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival



Program



Sound check UCF Orlando Jazz Festival



Chillaxin before soundcheck



Two Stockholmers in Florida! Pianists Per Danielsson and Max Holm. Getting ready for the 7th Annual UCF Orlando Jazz Festival tonight. Max opening for Benny Golson with the UCF Jazztet.



The last Music For All, Jazz Band of America pics. Missing you all.



Another gig today at the Indianapolis Artsgarden Dome in the Center Mall. Playing a beautiful Steinway. This has been the most amazing experience of my life, so far. Playing for 2,000 people. Gigging with Robin Eubanks. Tonight is the awards banquet. Tomorrow home. I’m going to miss playing and hanging out with the guys in the 2014 Jazz Band of America.



2014 Jazz Band of America. We killed it. Standing ovation. With guest artist Robin Eubanks and band director Caleb Chapman.



Random Jazz Band of America photos. It’s been an amazing experience!



Top photo is us boarding the bus to Clowes Hall at Butler University for the Music for All National Festival. Playing for 2,000 people. Middle photo is of me and my suitemates morning routine. This is how we brush our teeth. 🙂 Bottom is Clowes Memorial Hall at the sound check. Did I mention 2,000 people?



With Music for All Festival guest artist, Robin Eubanks. #JazzBandofAmerica



Jazz Band of America 2014 Director Caleb Chapman leads the long rehearsals. Yes, we rehearsed in tuxedos for 9 hours. Except for that one guy. There’s always that one guy.



Rehearsing with trombonist Robin Eubanks. Playing with him at the Music for All Festival as a member of Jazz Band of America, Indianapolis Arts Garden tomorrow, Friday, March 7.



Next Generation Jazz Orchestra audition 2014 (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



I won the national competition to play piano in the UCF High School Jazztet, opening the 7th Annual UCF Orlando Jazz Festival. I get to hang with fellow Stockholmer and jazz musician/composer/UCF professor Per Danielsson. Stolt.



Guess who’s going to play on the Jazz at Lincoln Center stage again and (lightly) rub shoulders with Wynton Marsalis? Me! Dillard Jazz Ensemble chosen again to compete among 14 other bands to see who’ll be the top high school jazz band in the country. Woo hoo!



I composed, played and recorded the music for this commercial for Chapman Partnership, a homeless charity. It plays in Florida and internationally. I’m available for video, short film and commercial projects. Call me (305) 735-1040.



What’s your life-goal for the next 5 to 10 years?

I’ve been getting powerful advice from James McBride, the National Book Award-winning author, composer, film producer and saxophonist. He’s making me rethink my immediate goals. I think I’m going to make some radical changes because of it.



Warming up for the fundraiser for my trip to Jazz Band of America in Indianapolis. Thanks to Ian Munoz and Jeff Zavac for playing along on a couple of tunes. The biggest thanks to my angels, Patricia Clark and Carolyn Davenport, and all the members of the Coral Gables Music Club! Blessings to you all.



Thanks to Broward County School Board for yet another plaque honoring the Florida All State Musicians,  including me.



Somewhere along the way we recently played for this girl’s Sweet 16 party. It was fun to hang out with all those girls and slow dance after our set. Book me solo, with a trio or a quartet by calling (305) 735-1040. Leave a message.



@ Hollywood Beach Theater entertaining the crowds on a cold South Florida Winter night.



Performing at Hollywood Beach Theatre January 17, 2014



All-State Musician plaque



At the All State Band concert we got scouted by someone playing with Kenny Garrett tonight at Nova Southeastern University. So, now we’re jamming with them at NSU. Kenny Garrett is a well-known alto saxophonist. Jamming outside were me, Sebastian Rios, Tyson Jackson, Ben Stocker, Anthony Hervey, Adesh Balraj, plus some other cats.



Yesterday evening I performed in the Florida All-State Jazz Band at the Tampa Convention Center. Afterward two guys ran up to me and asked me for my autograph, saying that they knew I was going to be famous. My first autographs!  I gotta say it felt great. DCA Jazz Ensemble was representing with 3 of us being selected for the elite state jazz band. Photo...

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Playing at a South Beach hotel



I was selected as a member of the prestigious 2014 Jazz Band of America! Several of my friends from Stanford and Centrum will be playing at the national festival, too! Here’s the letter I received: Dear Max,   Congratulations on being selected as a member of the 2014 Jazz Band of America!  Thank you for submitting a recording and participating in the audition process for...

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To have a teacher who sees your soul is a humbling experience.



DCA Jazz Ensemble in Chicago for Midwest Clinic performance December 2013



Jamming at the Hilton in Chicago with DCA Jazz 



This past Sunday I played for seniors at the Vi Living Aventura center. It was an annual show put on by the Music Club of Hollywood FL, who gave me a grant last year. I played Antonio Carlos Jobim’s "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars" and my own composition, “Beautiful Day.” December 15, 2013Music Club of Hollywood Floridaat Vi Aventura, Aventura, Florida (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



Am in Chicago to perform at the 67th Annual Midwest Clinic at McCormick Place. It’s snowing!



Took a power session with Shelly Berg at UM this morning. He’s taught Taylor Eigsti, Gerald Clayton, Eldar Djangirov, among others, and now I’ll be taking regular classes with him, too. Cool.


Max Holm One-on-One with Wynton Marsalis

Max Holm One-on-One with Wynton Marsalis At the 1:41:50 mark hear me ask Wynton a question no one has ever asked him before.  Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO welcome 2013’s Essentially Ellington participants. Then, Wynton Marsalis sits down for a one-on-one discussion with students!



Miami Beach Jazz Festival performance The Max Holm Quartet, part 2 (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



Miami Beach Jazz Festival performance The Max Holm Quartet, part 1 The first tune is an original composition I wrote specifically for the jazz festival called BEAUTIFUL DAY (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



The Max Holm Quartet backstage at the Fillmore after performing at the Miami Beach Jazz Festival.



What an incredible evening, performing at the Fillmore! I’ve got some video I’ll be posting later. At the after party at City Hall Restaurant I got to hang out with Mads Tolling (Turtle Island Quartet, among other projects), and some other wonderfully inspiring people. I felt so blessed to hear so many words of wisdom. It was like the universe was speaking to me through...

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Not only did I win the competition to open the 1st Annual Miami Beach Jazz Festival, but I get to jam with Michelle Coltrane and all the other musicians who’re performing!



Featured Performer at the Parade of American Music

Just finished performing at the Parade of American Music sponsored by my benefactors, The Coral Gables Music Club. The event was held at the Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ, home of the Community Arts Program and the Coral Gables All-Star Jazz Ensemble, of which I’m an alumnus. Here’s more information about why this event is produced in November. The Florida Federation of Music...

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I won the state-wide competition to play piano in the Florida All State Jazz Band! Traveling to Tampa in a couple of months.



Just performed at the Chocolate Covered Strawberry Tour for the Miami Jewish Health Systems at Irving & Hazel Cypen Towers, Downtown Miami.



At the 2nd Annual Dominican Jazz Festival, Avenue D Miami, with Yorka Ralwins Cultural Souls, Jose Emilio Valenzuela drummer, Guillo Carias multi-instrumentalist.



Grammy Band Audition 2014 – Quiet Now, Denny Zeitlin (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



Grammy Band Audition 2014 – Detroit, Marcus Miller (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



Grammy Band Audition 2014 – Billie’s Bounce, Charlie Parker (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



Grammy Band Audition 2014  – Have You Met Miss Jones, Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



Peace by Horace Silver, Anthony Hervey on trumpet. Me, Max Holm on piano. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



Now’s the Time video with Anthony Hervey (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



Now’s the Time with trumpeter Anthony Hervey



Autumn Leaves with trumpeter Anthony Hervey



Wedding Gig

Playing a wedding gig solo next weekend at a big ranch. Two hours of easy listening. No problem. Got an event? Call my booking manager at (305) 735-1040  Have tuxedo. Will travel.



Studying Brazilian jazz with internationally-known, award-winning pianist/arranger/composer Antonio Adolfo.



Spent the day jamming with guitarist Diego Melgar. We met last year at Univ of Miami Honors Jazz Camp, then again this summer at Centrum and Stanford. Diego also went to the guitar festival in Montana, where he got to study with Pat Metheny. 



Autumn Leaves  (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



Playing with the Latin Jazz ensemble at the Stanford Jazz Workshop. What an amazing camp and an amazing experience being there meeting so many great musicians and mentors such as Taylor Eigsti, Chris Potter, Chucho Valdes, Julian Lage, Harold Mabern, Eric Harland and Christian McBride. I really wish it hadn’t ended so soon! 



Stanford Jazz Institute, Palo Alto, California. August 2013. That’s me with the famous Cuban jazz pianist CHUCHO VALDES!!!



Celebrating Charlie Parker by playing in a memorial jam at Stanford University Jazz Institute, August 2013



New logo for a website I’m working on. It’s for bookings. Do you like it?



Group photo of all participants at Centrum Jazz at Port Townsend, Washington 2013



Port Townsend, Washington Centrum and Jazz Festival. We stayed at Fort Worden State Park. It was a lot of fun. It ended too soon.Made some good friends. Our combo played at the entrance to the festival.



Gerald Clayton, jazz pianist, and Max Holm, jazz pianist, at Centrum, Fort Wooden State Park in Washington State. I took a private lesson with him, as well as a master class. 



East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival 06/22/13 with Zack Auslander



Max Holm and Max Boiko @ Blue Jean Blues



Getting ready to jam at Blue Jean Blues with Max Boiko



Happy 4th!



It’s called a KEYTAR



At Jazz for Cause fundraiser, playing my keytar. I think we were doing Girl from Ipanema here.



Back from Michigan State University Jazz Camp

Performed at the East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival. It was an okay experience. Made top combo and top big band. Met some new friends, one of whom with which I shared a really good connection. Cool.



Am at MSU Jazz Camp

Arrived this afternoon in East Lansing, Michigan for the Michigan State University Jazz Camp directed by Rodney Whitaker, who’s the Director of Jazz Studies at MSU. Looking forward to a great week!  



Yesterday I received a certificate of merit signed by Wynton Marsalis himself. Gonna frame it.



Got a Rising Star Award yesterday from Dillard Center for the Arts. It was a nice feeling to hear high praise from Mr Dorsey.



With Damonn Sands at All That Jazz



With Max Boiko at All That Jazz



With Max Boiko at All That Jazz.



Here’s our non-award winning performance of Duke Ellington’s “Second Line” at Jazz at Lincoln Center last week. Okay, we did get an Honorable Mention. LOL We got spoiled being #1 for the last two years. Next year, though… Next year… Watch out! Grrrrrrrr (Source: https://www.facebook.com/)



Thank you Gold Coast Jazz Society!

I received a grant from the Gold Coast Jazz Society for expenses related to going to jazz camps this summer. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!! This summer I’m going to Michigan, California and Washington State for various jazz camps and to perform at festivals.



At the House of Swing. Jazz at Lincoln Center. We gave it our all. Essentially Ellington Competition 2013. We didn’t place this year. The super bands came on strong. Looking forward to next year’s competition. We did win Honorable Mention, which is basically 4th place and got $750.



Touched by the master, Wynton Marsalis.



I’m in the 6th row. Welcome speech by Wynton Marsalis (Source: http://new.livestream.com/)



Arriving at Jazz at Lincoln Center for Essentially Ellington. Workshops today — tomorrow the battle of the bands begins. Can you spot me?



We went to see “Motown” the musical. It was great!



First stop in NYC? Breakfast at Estrella Latina! Can you spot me?



Sound check at WDNA Jazz Radio 88.9



With my dear friend and first jazz piano teacher, Brian Murphy. Ira Sullivan in the background.



With Ira Sullivan. I studied with him at University of Miami Honors Jazz Camp in 2012.



Thank you to the African-American Omega Psi Phi Fraternity ETA NU Chapter for the jazz scholarship at today’s Talent Hunt Competition.



City of Hollywood ArtsPark concert



City of Hollywood ArtsPark concert



At Sweet Dillard jazz



At Sweet Dillard Jazz



Jazz in the Arts Park



Jazz in the Arts Park, Hollywood, FL



Max Boiko, trumpet, and Max Holm, keyboard. Boiko was just accepted to the Brubeck Institute!



With Melton Mustafa, Sr., a great mentor to me.



Hollywood Music Club

Thanks to the Hollywood Music Club for the scholarship! It’s going toward classical music lessons with Giselle Brodsky.



Today after performing for my benefactors, the Coral Gables Music Club, at the Coral Gables Art Museum.



“Sophisticated Lady” by Duke Ellington. Stand Up Bass played by the amazing Chris Mills (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



“Well You Needn’t” by Thelonius Monk (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



All County Honor Band

Great experience at the Broward All County Honor Band tonight! The renowned trumpeter Melton Mustafa ran up to me after and said, “I love your piano playing!” Awesome! As performers we need those mirrors to keep us going, right? Thank you!



Jamming with Melton Mustafa on Monday nights. This is after our Blue Band rehearsal. Some of us stayed after for fun.


Selected for County Honors Jazz Ensemble

Selected for County Honors Jazz Ensemble 14 DCA Jazz Students Selected For County Honors Students from our nationally renowned DCA Jazz Ensemble auditioned and were selected to participate in the All County Honors Jazz Ensemble.  Hundreds of students from throughout Broward auditioned for the 20 member ensemble group.  14 of our students were selected to participate.  Those students include: Max Holm (Piano) The students will...

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Rehearsing before JAZZ IN THE GABLES outdoor concert at Coral Gables Museum yesterday, Sunday, Feb 10 with the Coral Gables All Star Jazz Ensemble.



Broward All-County Jazz Band

I auditioned two days ago and today I found out I got in. I have no idea what’s going to happen next. I guess that’s the essence of improvisation. LOL



In Chicago with Wynton Marsalis at The Midwest Clinic. What an amazing experience – he winked at me on stage, when he put his trumpet on my piano.



Coral Gables Music Club directors and 12 music scholarship recipients at Merrick House



All Star Jazz Ensemble playing live on WDNA Jazz Radio 88.9 FM on Nov 15.



With Angelo Versace, studying jazz



All Star Jazz Ensemble rehearsing big band tunes for live broadcast on WDNA Serious Jazz 88.9 next Thursday at 7 PM. Are you going to listen?



With the amazing Giselle Brodsky, who has accepted me as a student. It’s an incredible honor.



Are you one of the thousands of people every month who’s searching for “Jazz Musicians in Miami?"  "How’d he do that???"  🙂



You know I’m looking to raise $840 through Kickstarter to produce a DVD with a combo, right? Here’s a HD recording of me playing Ornithology with a combo. They’re in the background, so you can’t see them: Chris Croce on bass and Michael Pielot on drums, both from University of Miami Frost School of Music.  So, yeah, that Kickstarter project. Here it is. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



With Jazz singer Alice Day



My solo at WDNA Jazz Encounters yesterday Friday, Sept 21, 2012. What do you think? (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



I have a benefactor!

Just received this letter: SCHOLARSHIP AWARD FORM Date: Sept. 1, 2012 The Coral Gables Music Club is pleased to announce that Max Holm has been chosen to receive a scholarship for your fine musicianship. The Scholarship Endowment Fund of the Coral Gables Music Club has been provided by generous benefactors, through fund raising events, donations, bequests and legacies. WOW! Thank you so much Mrs. Carolyn Davenport and...

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New York in August 2012



Sorry I’ve been inactive. I’ve been out of state. Just came back from the Litchfield Jazz Camp and Festival. When my mom came up to come pick me up, she said she was staying at a crappy old moldy bed and breakfast inn so we drove to NYC for the day. I only took so many pics because I was so absent-minded while I was away....

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UM Young Musicians Camp Honors Jazz Concert 2012 with Ira Sullivan (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



Lush Life by Billy Strayhorn. 



Me, Max Holm, and Nick Feijoo playing “Armando’s Rhumba” composed by Chick Corea at the Colony Theater on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. I’m the one on the right. 🙂 (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



Oscar Peterson and his trio. Kinda sounds like Bach was there with him in the beginning. Maybe that’s just me.. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



Antonio Madruga on Piano, Patrick Bartley on Alto Sax, Anthony Burrell on Tenor Sax, Russell Hall on Bass and Stefan Klein Jr on Drums at WDNA Jazz Encounters, June , 2012



“To me, music has 3 things: Melody, Harmony, and Rhythm. If it lacks any one of those 3 things, it’s not music anymore.” – Hank Jones (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



Meet Herbie Hancock and Friedrich Gulda  (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



Awesome interview and awesome guy. 



And I got in AGAIN!

I’m going to the prestigious LITCHFIELD JAZZ CAMP for two incredible weeks, and then performing at the LITCHFIELD JAZZ FESTIVAL this summer! Got a grant. Thanks to Alfredo De La Rosa at Miami Arts Charter and the Litchfield Jazz Camp! I’m looking to take classes with the amazing Junior Mance!! Woohoo! F**k yeah!



Possibly the best 5 minutes of solo music in history. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



I got in!

I got in to the University of Miami Frost School of Music Young Musician’s Camp Honors Jazz Program! F*** Yeah!



Jazz is the art of instant composition, which is what improvisation is. Check out my improv yesterday at Jazz Encounters. I had no idea what I had played until I saw this video. The sound quality is not so great, but you can tell I’m totally channeling music and the crowd goes wild at the end of my solo. That’s Russell Hall, playing stand up...

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Emmet Cohen and Max Holm at WDNA Jazz Radio’s Jazz Encounters April 20, 2012



Max, Best wishes, Emmet Cohen 4/20/12



TV commercial I composed, played and recorded. it’s playing on a couple of TV stations in Florida and internationally in the Caribbean. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/)



Here I am with Ira Sullivan at a MOCA Friday Night Jazz performance. Ira suggested I make a blues album and title it “Blues from Holm.” I may just do that.



Me with Joey Gilmore, blues guitarist, at WDNA Jazz Radio in Miami. I played with him on a couple of blues tunes. 


I cannot say what is right about music. I only know the rightness of it. Keith Jarrett




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