Max Wagner Trio

Capri Records recording artist Max Wagner is a dynamic and accomplished saxophonist and Jazz vocalist. A vibrantly eloquent and lyrical player, he draws primarily from his own vocabulary, and has developed an individual sound and approach to Modern Jazz. As a Jazz vocalist, he sings and scats following in the footsteps of Jon Hendricks, Mark Murphy, and Ella Fitzgerald. He has received notice in DOWNBEAT magazine, been described by the Denver Post as “a powerful and innovative soloist”, by Westword as “Denver’s candidate for the ‘Tenor Madness’ award”, and in the Coloradoan as a “world class Jazz artist”.

Max has worked with many of the great Jazz Artists of our time including: Dakota Staton, Bud Shank, Angela Hagenbach, Lew Tabackin, Don Braden, Red Holloway, Nick Brignola, Javon Jackson, Pete Christlieb, John Fedchock, René Marie, Lou Donaldson, Frank Tiberi, Fred Wes-ley, Greg Abate, and the list goes on. Max has performed across the country in Concert, at Jazz Festivals and in Jazz clubs. His extensive performing, recording and touring work have afforded him the rare opportunity to become an accomplished musician in the Jazz tradition.

Max appeared with his Quartet for over three years at Denver’s venerable and historic Jazz club, El Chapultepec, performing four nights a week, regularly, Wednesday through Saturday. As leader of the house band at the ‘Pec’, Max performed with many topflight Jazz artists; and host-ed jam sessions with countless visiting musicians, including The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and The Harry Connick Big Band, among others. Additionally, Max founded, and has directed for over twenty years, the Estes Park Jazz Festival, in Estes Park, Colorado. Max has appeared on American and Canadian television and radio, both live and recorded; and was a co-host and performer on a regularly scheduled Jazz radio show on Denver’s KCFR-FM. Max has often per-formed live on Denver’s top rated Jazz Radio station, KUVO 89.3 FM. His performance of "Very Early" from one of these broadcasts was selected to be a part of KUVO’s "Best of Live at the Oasis 2010" CD.

This compelling saxophonist and vocalist always delivers an engaging musical experience, which includes Classic Straight Ahead Jazz, Soulful Bebop, Latin Jazz, and Romantic Ballads. His stage presence, connection with his audience, and great humor and soul combine to provide listeners with an entertaining, exciting, and intimate Jazz experience. Max’s original composi-tions and his original lyrics and vocalese for Jazz Standards offer yet another dimension to his performances. He lives by the premise that in music, and in Jazz in particular, saying something is still the bottom line.

Every moment in a Jazz performance is the moment of truth. This is the primary challenge of the music. ~ Max Wagner

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