Max Vasquez
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Where are you located?
Los Angeles
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Producer, Vocalist, Manager, Publicist, Promoter, Record Label, Publisher, Educator, Clinician, Music Director, Composer, Jazz Presenter, Jazz Club, Jazz Festival, Recording Engineer, Recording Studio, Radio Broadcaster, Videographer, Production Coordinator, Author, Editor, Freelance Writer, Journalist, Jazz Historian, Collector, Fan, Merchandiser
Tell us a little about your background...
An Award Winning Composer(Los Angeles Music Awards Best Jazz Album and Best Lounge Artist 2006), since 1978, Max embraces all styles of music with a keen instinct for the nuances of each genre he excels in. At the age of nine, he performed with choirs, in musicals and plays, taught himself how to read and write music by the time he was 13, and by age 14 he worked professionally playing trumpet in horn sections of bands all over L.A. and bass with members of punk band Verbal Abuse, whom Rodney Bingenheimer loved He also played with Black Flag members Sam and Henry and met and hung out with The Doors Ray Manzarek and John Doe of X and others at the Whiskey Agogo. He is somewhere in the mosh pit shots from Penelope Spheeris' "Decline of Western Civilization- The Punk Years". In 1984, Jim the Poorman and Swedish Eagel played his demo tape on KROQ when it was easier to give cool DJs your band's tape without needing to sign a mile of legal stuff! Legendary giant Doc Severinsen was amazed and encouraged him to pursue music. Upon having looked over Max's first orchestral jazz arrangement for Big Band, it astounded him that Max was only sixteen when he wrote it! With further training from some of the leading jazz educators/studiomen in Los Angeles, Max went on to play and study with Gary Foster, Clare Fischer, Alan Broadbent, Bobby Bradford, Freddie Hubbard, and even wrote for the Count Basie orchestra! D*** Grove School of Music and Berklee Music Institute taught him greatly the art of writing/arranging and recording engineering respectfully, and Max was among the first pioneers in MIDI and electronic music. In 1982, He joined a group of excellent musicians and called themselves "Water Colours", playing in all the Jazz venues of the day. His performance strengths are trumpet, voice, keyboards, guitar, bass - and the studio, of course. An internship at Group IV Reording Studios led to working on "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", The Abyss, and Back To The Future Pt 3 among many more sessions including Will Smith, Sly&Robbie, Joe Pass, Ray Brown, and Jon Hassell's Grammy nominated "Cityscapes". He has also performed with Oingo Boingo members, Mel E Mel&Whipple Whip(Grand Master Flash), The Jazz Crusaders' Stix Hooper and Joe Sample, War and tower of Power sidemen, etc. The list of luminaries Max has worked with is long and accomplished. Manhattan Transfer comissioned one of his pieces. The TV show "Latin Lifestyles" currently uses one of his pieces as its theme song. The latest shows my music is on is "My Name Is Earl"(thank you Mr. Garcia!), and the Spearmint Rhino Amateur Stripper Competition on Pay-Per-View, and TV1 History Special. The new CD, "Cycle Of Life" by Jeff Stetson, produced by Max Vasquez due out soon!
How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
Zoe Divine
What Instrument do you play?
Vocalist, Piano, Bass, Drums, Percussion, Trumpet, Guitar, Other
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Welcome, Friends!

Please enjoy the show! There are some pieces here that I haven't posted anywhere else, which are also never before released archive premieres! Most of these were assumed lost in the big fire of '98, until they were unearthed by friends who kept old cassette copies in their closets & basements. I lovingly restored them with the fabulous Waves plugins in my system. Please enjoy!

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We need your help! New Release – “Cycle Of Life” by Jeff Stetson, Produced by Max Vasquez

Posted on March 31, 2010 at 4:30am 0 Comments

Thanks so much for your friendship. So glad we're able to connect here. I support all your endeavors right back. After six long years of producing my ailing friend Jeff Stetson’s project, “Cycle Of Life” is finally back from the manufacturers! Due to delays in the manufacturing process, we were unable to release the CD in a timely manner. We thank those of you who have been waiting for this moment to…


Start Walkin'

Posted on February 8, 2010 at 3:30am 0 Comments

Start Walkin'

The Music-

I wrote this piece, "Start Walkin'", during my return to music in 2004 after being homeless, drifting for so long after the fire that burned my studio down in '98. Featuring Jeff Stetson on acoustic guitars and mandolins; Bob Helm on fiddle; and myself on bass fiddle, all vocals, and composer/arranger/producer. This one came to me suddenly one lovely… Continue

Live from UCLA

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

These are the two songs Alan Wilson, Howlett Smith and I performed live at the Johnny Mercer Foundation benefit for brain cancer research. It was really cool, Clint Eastwood made a special film just for the event, which we followed(Clint was our opening act)! It was great playing with such consummate pros- we only rehearsed once, and I had just met the great Howlett Smith for the first time. What an amazing individual, and a truly magical day. Enjoy!

Come Rain Or Come… Continue

Live at Schoenberg Hall UCLA

Posted on October 3, 2009 at 12:32am 0 Comments

I'll be performing with legendary Howlett Smith (The Carpenter), and Alan Wilson of the Randy Van Horne Singers, live at Schoenberg Hall in UCLA this Saturday Oct 3, for a cancer benefit. We'll be doing a tribute to the great Johnny Mercer, for the Johnny Mercer Foundation. I've been allowed to tape it so it will be on my youtube( ) shortly thereafter. Have a great weekend!


Getting Out There!

Posted on June 14, 2009 at 3:45am 0 Comments

This has been an amazing week for me. Besides closing the book on a couple of negative situations that tried to lurk in my life, I did a healthy amount of live playing to new and familiar folks.

Starting with last Sunday, I performed in a warm and happy reunion with my old partner Treavor Walton at the 16th Anniversary of Moontribe. (There's a new pic, thanks to Maggie Houtz in the photo section telling the story.) That was a unique situation which revitalized my energy and… Continue

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At 12:26am on February 19, 2010, Julie Cresswell said…
Thanks for your friendship here, Max! & thanks for your comment, I added you to my mailing list :0 hopefully we'll get to meet up soon!
At 10:06pm on January 31, 2010, Dr. Tish Oney said…
Thanks for befriending me, Max. All the best to you in 2010!
At 2:36pm on January 25, 2010, Brad Wilcox said…
My pleasure to make your acquaintence here, Max. Much thanks for reaching out. You have a very interesting history...
At 6:25am on January 24, 2010, Erin Kann said…
Hi Max,
Thank you for your request. It's aways a pleasure to meet people all around the world to share music. Your scat on "Night and day" is really great! I send you a kiss from Normandy!
All the best for 2010...
At 3:25pm on January 22, 2010, Jaijai Jackson said…
Thanks for your kind words Max, your support means a lot. You should consider promoting your work on the homepage. If interested let me know.

Best of everything,
At 12:12pm on January 22, 2010, Ariel Cubria said…
Hi Max,
Thanks for have visited me.
I´m also glad to be amoung your friends.
All the best
At 11:55am on January 22, 2010, Ron Kaplan said…
Pleased to meet you Max jazz we trust
Kapland Records
At 3:16am on January 04, 2010, Jeanie Barton gave Max Vasquez a gift
Glad you dig it! Thanks for the compliments and Jazz on! xj
At 7:40am on August 29, 2009, LadyRedd said…
Welcome to you,and thanks for the invite!
At 7:26am on August 29, 2009, Sandi said…
Thanks for the invite and welcome to my page.
I always have room at my family table for one
more creative soul.

Stay close.







Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.

I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.

My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."

Let's be audacious, my friends!

Buster Williams


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