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

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.  

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

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:

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:

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

Playing with trombonist, Robin Eubanks, at the Music for All National Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Source:

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:

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:

Next Generation Jazz Orchestra audition 2014 (Source:

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.

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:

Miami Beach Jazz Festival performance The Max Holm Quartet, part 2 (Source:

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:

Grammy Band Audition 2014 – Quiet Now, Denny Zeitlin (Source:

Grammy Band Audition 2014 – Detroit, Marcus Miller (Source:

Grammy Band Audition 2014 – Billie’s Bounce, Charlie Parker (Source:

Grammy Band Audition 2014  – Have You Met Miss Jones, Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart (Source:

Peace by Horace Silver, Anthony Hervey on trumpet. Me, Max Holm on piano. (Source:

Now’s the Time video with Anthony Hervey (Source:

Autumn Leaves  (Source:

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:

I’m in the 6th row. Welcome speech by Wynton Marsalis (Source:

“Sophisticated Lady” by Duke Ellington. Stand Up Bass played by the amazing Chris Mills (Source:

“Well You Needn’t” by Thelonius Monk (Source:

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:

My solo at WDNA Jazz Encounters yesterday Friday, Sept 21, 2012. What do you think? (Source:

UM Young Musicians Camp Honors Jazz Concert 2012 with Ira Sullivan (Source:

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:

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

“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:

Meet Herbie Hancock and Friedrich Gulda  (Source:

Awesome interview and awesome guy. 

Possibly the best 5 minutes of solo music in history. (Source:

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