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Max Haymer, 23, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He began his classical piano studies at the age of seven and was introduced to jazz piano at the age of 14. He continued to study both classical and jazz through high school and won numerous awards playing music from Bach to Stravinsky and Copland (who continue to influence his jazz playing).
Max was awarded the Bill Green Scholarship from the L.A. Jazz Society in 2002 and was a finalist in the inaugural Horace Silver Piano Competition in 2003. In 2005, Max won second prize in the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Jazz Piano Competition in Switzerland. Because of this, this past January he was able to participate in a master class with Kenny Werner at IAJE in New York, and perform at Dizzy's at Jazz at Lincoln Center. In May 2006, Max was named a Future Star by the Orange County Performing Arts Center receiving a scholarship and a performance at Founder's Hall.
By Edward Blanco - ejazznews
Los Angeles-born pianist Max Haymer may not be familiar to you, after all
the young 22 year old musician does not have much of a discography. If the
music on Pickpocket Witness is any indication of what we can expect from
Haymer in the future, then prepare to brace yourself because you're for a
treat. Offering a repertoire of original contemporary jazz presented in a
dynamic straight ahead fashion, Haymer performs like a wild man on the keys
pounding them into submission on the title tune and demonstrating his piano
chops in style.
Performing with a trio that include bassist Nick Schaadt and drummer Cale
Giachello, the group play seven exciting new charts starting off with the
riveting “No Dice” where the pianist quickly establishes himself leading the
music and playing in a crisp lighting speed mode that grabs your attention
from beginning to end
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