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!

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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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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!

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

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

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

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.

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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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


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.

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!

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 

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.

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!

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

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

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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???"  🙂

With Jazz singer Alice Day

New York in August 2012

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

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

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

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.