Maximilan de Souza
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What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Vocalist, Manager, Music Director, Composer, Jazz Presenter, Jazz Club, Jazz Festival, Production Coordinator, Jazz Historian
Tell us a little about your background...
Currently involved in many new Projects from Jazz/Country/Classic Rock and Latin Jazz. The joy of playing with musicians of different ages and backgrounds is and all over the world what makes life fulfilling.

Very proud of my son Carl De Souza who is also an excellent accomplished Bass Player. He has played with a number of excellent funk bands in Toronto Canada since the age of 16.
Bands – Dirty Truth/FuZion/Blues Driver

Current Projects:-
Liquid Jazz Project
• Band Leader Maximilan De Souza (Upright Bass/vocals), Jonathan Rattos (Keyboard) Craig Rattos (Drums), Sean Hully (Alto/Tenor/Flute and vocals) guests -Clair Porter (vocals/flute), Jim Wood (jazz Guitar), Pat Lafontain (drums), Valez DaSalle (Bamboo Flute), Lorenzo (Drums), Viv D’Lima (guitar)

Jonathan Rattos (19 yrs old) excellent Jazz Keyboard player trained by Brian DeLima (Toronto’s finest Jazz Piano Player). Currently attending Humber College under the direction of Brian Dickinson

Liquid Jazz Project – Performances
• Oakville Jazz Festival – 2010, Kitchner/Waterloo Jazz Festival - 2010
• Pasquale La Tratoria – Downtown Oakville – Ontario
• Clublink- Glen Abbey Golf Club – Rattlesnake Golf Club – Lions Head Golf Club – Cardinal Golf Club – Greystone Golf Club
• Special events – Niagara Wine Festival - Oakville Jazz Festival, Kitchener Jazz Festival - Guelph Jazz Festival and special events. – Tracks of our CD will be coming soon
• Monthly Jazz in the Café –Wholefoods Oakville location

Time is Tight Quartet (Latin Jazz/Disco/Funk and Jazz) – tracks to follow
• Maximilan De Souza (Bass/Vocals)
• Andrea Bailie (Vocals)
• Brian Bailie (KeyBoard/Vocals)
• Brian Jones (Guitar/Vocals)
• James Racz (Drums)

New Projects
• Jazz/Latin Jazz Bands
• Stewart Macdonald Quartet
• Just Mooozy on Down
• Cool Jazz Cats play Latin
• Cuban Festivo Latin Experiment
• Zydeco Cajun Revival Band

Classic Rock Bands
• Time is Tight/Silverbacks/Blues Driver/EZStreet/River Deep Mountain High (Country Band)
• The Bar Band/Maximum Gruve/4 Cats Rock/No Apparent Reason/Midnight Blue

50’s 60’s – Little Peter & The Elegants - 50'60' do wop Band performing in Toronto Canada.
• Band Leader & Vocalist (Peter Toller)
• Brandon Rozen - Bass Vocalist
• Glenn Brown – Vocalist
• Keyboard/Vocalist - Stephen Targett
• Drums - James Racz
• Guitar – Jim Woods
• Sax - Sean Hully
• Bass/Vocals - Maximilan de Souza

Professional Musicians associated with since 1970
Worked at EMI Records in London England. Met and played with many professional musicians and travelled through Europe, Africa, North America. Met The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Michael Jackson, Mamas and the Papas, Cliff Richard and The Shadows, Jimi Hendrix, David Cassidy, Pink Floyd, Count Bassie Big Band and many others.
Toured – Europe – South America – Holland – Canada – East Africa and USA currently resident of Canada

Toronto Professional Musicians
• Brian Dickinson (Piano)
• Mike Downs (Bassist)
• George McFadish)
• Jim Wood (Guitar)
• Richard Whitehouse (Piano)
• Richard Whitman (Piano)
• Mike McClellan (Drums)
• Dave McBean (Drums)
• Sean McBrae (Guitar)
• Brigham Phillips (Piano/Drums and Brigham Phillips Big Band)
• Adam Smale (Guitar)
• Viv De Lima (Guitar)
• Syd De Lima (Guitar)
• Umberto (Accordion)
• Ray (Latin/Italian Guitar)
• Domonic (Drums)
• Tito Valez (Drums)
• John Fletcher (Guitar/Vocals)
• Ken Moores (Guitar/Vocalist)
• Flavio Batttison (Latin Jazz Guitar/Vocalist)
• David Fyfe (Drums)
• Robert Gibbons (Drums)
• Matt Macfarlane (Guitar)
• Brian Bailie (Keyboards/Vocals)
• Brian Jones (Guitar/Vocals)
• Pat Quinlan (Drums)
• James Racz (Drums)
• Gerry Smythe (Guitar/Vocals)
• Anna Nakatolova (Jazz Vocals)
• Julie Anderson (Jazz Vocals)
• Natalie Vilarosa (Latin Jazz Vocals)
• Tanya Milson (Latin Jazz Vocals)
• John Imola (Drums)
• John Gardner (Trumpet)
• Victor Granger (Flugel Horn)
• Gino Marzio (Percussion)
• Hugh Maskela (Sax/Flugel Horn/Trumpet)
• Cornet Batison (Guitar/vocalist)
• Connie DAmelio (Jazz Singer – Detroit)
• Madison Stewart (Country vocalist)
• Sandra Payton (Jazz Vocalist)
• Grant Thompson (Jazz Vocalist)
• Brasilio Corasou (Cuban percussionist)
• Omalio DiBorsa (Jazz Sax)
• Shandel La Vivre (Vocalist)
• Omalo Kwale (Vocalist and Percussion)
• The Emeralds – (Detroit 50’60’s Revival dowap Band)Motown Revivals – John DiBiasi (vocals/guitar), Mateo Sarnoval (Trumpet), Greg Bennet (Percussion), Natalie Ferguson (Vocals), Sandra Wilson (Vocals), Romain Stevenak (Guitar), Dwayne Demonte (Keyboard), Maximilan de Souza (Vocals/Bass)

"Please enjoy my selection from different Bands" and keep Live Music Alive

"The ability to feature each musician with their god given talents and express their love and passion for music."

"Keep Live Music Alive"
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Dwane De Monte
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At 1:25pm on February 26, 2011, Barbara said…
Hi Maximilan, lovely to hear from you. Your thoughts are much appreciated so much work to do to help the people of Christchurch in getting through this disaster. One of the ways that people can help is to put a link to for donations, we as musicians can do much to help. Blessing and enjoy every day and moment that we have life is such a joy. Keep music alive!
Take care Barb
At 1:03pm on September 12, 2010, Monica Chapman said…
Hi Maximilian,

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Monica Chapman. I am a jazz vocalist from Toronto,Canada.I would be honoured if you would take a minute and visit my profile page here,as well as go to and let me know what you think. I have been doing shows in Toronto and would love to tell you about my upcoming show with fantastik Toronto musicains accomanying me. I would be delighted if you could come to hear me "live". Best to email me at

Best Wishes ,
At 5:18pm on September 8, 2010, Gary DeBerry Sr said…
Hey Maximilan thanks for the invite to your sight of good music!!!
At 7:12am on September 7, 2010, Donna Greenberg said…
Hi Maximilian,
Thanks so very much - this means a lot to me. My next gig will be my CD launch on Fri. Nov. 12 at The Trane for my second CD Mav'rik which is all originals written and sung by moi, arranged by Jordan Klapman and orchestrated by Tony Quarrington. A wide variety of music from jazz, salsa, bossa nova etc. Would be thrilled if you could make it.
Enjoyed your videos very much.

At 3:08am on June 14, 2010, Lulu said…
Have a wonderful week my dear friend !!!
At 12:12am on May 28, 2010, Albert Lucero said…
thank you so very, very much..that means the world to me...

At 7:27pm on May 27, 2010, Mike Levine said…
Thanks for the nice comment. I am working on a second cd now. I hope it will be ready before the year is out. Going to Maine for the summer to gig and whatever.
Mike L.
At 5:36pm on May 27, 2010, Daphne Elise Vaughan said…
Hey, thx for the add! Since I am now on the East Coast, maybe we can collaborate...
At 7:42pm on October 7, 2009, Maximilan de Souza said…
Currenty working on a Latin Jazz Project with world wide musicians from Brazil, Canada, Philipines,Italy,Cuba and Greece.

Music samples will be online late Nov, 09.
Having fun while being the best :)
At 1:27pm on August 27, 2009, Maximilan de Souza said…
Thanks Barbara,
Music is my passion since 1965 and still going strong. Jazz keep me alive and breathing all the great artists and songs performed by different musicians and they bring their own taste.

I am glad you enjoyed the tracks and hope to include many more from all the different bands feature Jazz styles from our diversified Canada.
Keep Live Music Alive in New Zealand - MDS
At 4:28pm on August 5, 2009, Barbara said…
Hi Maximilian really enjoyed listening to your music. Jazz such a blessing, enjoyed all the tracks and especially the feel on Take Five fun! Blue Bossa is wonderful ! All the best from New Zealand. Love and respect BJ
At 3:37am on July 23, 2009, Rosa Lazar said…
Thanks for the add. At the moment I have a problem with the site and I can't listen to your music. I'll try again later.
At 1:51am on July 19, 2009, LELA KAPLOWITZ said…
Thanks Maximilian!!!
I do hope one day I visit Canada.
All the best to you in every way!!!
Love and blessings from Croatia,
At 4:13am on April 13, 2009, Jennifer said…
Hello Maximilian

Thank you for welcoming me as a friend.

Best wishes to you in your work and in life overall.


At 7:03am on January 28, 2009, Luiz Santos said…
Welcome Maximilan
Thank you for joining the Jazz Network!

At 3:13pm on January 26, 2009, Alle Montecchi - Giuly Modesti said…
Welcome! Nice to meet you! We hope you'll come to listen to our music, and we hope you'll enjoy it!
If you want to leave a rewiev (for example on iTunes, the link is here below) we'll be very appreciative of your opinion!
Warm regards from Italy!

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