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Max Light at Cafe Bohemia (Site)

Thursday March 23, 2023, 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm


Max Light won 2nd place in the 2019 Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Guitar Competition, judged by Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Lionel Loueke, Russell Malone, Lee Ritenour, Chico Pinheiro, and Stanley Jordan. His debut trio recording, “Herplusme,” was released February 14, 2020 on Red Piano Records.

Max has performed and recorded with Noah Preminger, Donny McCaslin, Jeremy Dutton, Kaisa Maensivu, Jason Palmer, Jon Gordon, John Ellis, Dan Weiss, Colin Stranahan, Kevin Sun, and Bobby Watson among others. He is a regular collaborator with Downbeat Rising Star tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger. The duo released an album on Steeplechase in March 2022 entitled “Songs We Love.” He appeared on Preminger’s 2019 album “Genuinity” (Criss Cross) and Preminger’s 2020 album “Contemptment” (Steeplechase) alongside Kim Cass and Dan Weiss. This quartet toured Europe in Fall 2021. He appeared on Jason Palmer’s seminal 2018 recording “Live at Wally’s Jazz Club: Volume 1-2” (Steeplechase), and more recently on Yong Lee’s 2021 album “Touch” alongside Walter Smith III. He most recently appeared on Kevin Sun’s 2021 release “<3 Bird” (Endectomorph).

Max is from the Washington DC area, now living in New York City. He lived in Boston for 6 years where he received his Bachelor’s Degree at New England Conservatory and performed every Friday and Saturday at the legendary Wally’s Jazz Cafe with world renowned trumpeter Jason Palmer. He received his Master’s Degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He regularly performs as an artist in residence at Hotel 7132 in Vals, Switzerland through Newvelle Records. Max was an instructor at the Washington DC Jazz Academy of Music from 2013-2016 and regularly teaches private lessons in New York City and virtually.



Thursday March 23, 2023
7:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Cafe Bohemia
15 Barrow St
New York, NY 10014 United States