Max will be a senior at Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham this fall. He began playing piano when he was eight and was the backup pianist at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. When he was in the eighth grade the bassist in his school’s jazz ensemble left and Max joined the band after teaching himself electric bass.

He eventually began studying acoustic bass. Max continues to play piano and has competed in a number of classical piano competitions at the city and state level. Several years ago he began composing jazz and classical music and has now written over 60 jazz pieces. Max plays in the Alabama School of Fine Arts Jazz Ensemble and for the past four years has led the Lomoj Trio, a group he formed that has played a number of professional gigs.

Max names Milt Hinton, Charles Mingus and Paul Chambers as three of his favorite bassists. Max is very interested in other cultures and has stayed with families in Germany, Japan and India. He has also worked with children teaching jazz at a summer music camp creating a xylophone orchestra.

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