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Max Johnson

Primary Instrument: Bass, acoustic

Born: June 13, 1990    

Max Johnson

Max Johnson is one of New York City's most sought after bass players. Known mostly for his work in New York's free jazz & bluegrass scenes, he has worked alongside legendary artists Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Henry Grimes, William Parker, Candido Camero and countless others. His musical career has taken him to Germany, Switzerland, England and Canada; to the stages of the Jazz Standard, Le Poisson Rouge, BB King's, the Highline Ballroom and has brought him to perform at the Vision Festival, the Bern Jazz Festival, Quebec City Int'l Summer Fest, Lollapalooza, and the Zappanale festival.

Max's musical career began at age 13 when he took up the electric bass, and by age 16 had already toured the United States. In these early years, while still at High School in New Jersey, Max Johnson toured nationally and internationally with Jon Anderson (Yes), John Wetton (King Crimson), and the Butthole Surfers, while playing shows locally with Adrian Belew (King Crimson), Vernon Reid (Living Color), Andrew W.K., Ronnie Spector, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (Doobie Brothers) and a long list of others....
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”Johnson's bruising bass lines, fingered with hardness in a gloriously unamplified state, were regularly alternated with groaning, bowed stretches, establishing a sequence of percussive bullishness, entering into hovering sustain. “ - Martin Longley, All About Jazz 2011
  • The Invisible Trio

    Fresh Sound New Talent
    2014
  • The Prisoner

    NoBusiness Records
    2014
  • Max Johnson: Big Eyed Rabbit

    NotTwo Records
    2014

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