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Shawn Maxwell

Shawn Maxwell of Aurora, Illinois is an accomplished woodwinds multi-instrumentalist (saxophones, clarinet and flute) professional jazz performer. He is also a teacher, composer, arranger and clinician. Leader of the Shawn Maxwell Quartet, he provides excellence in jazz entertainment in Chicagoland and beyond. Shawn attended Milikin University in Decatur, Illinois and received a Bachelors Degree in Commercial Music in 1999. Since 1999 Shawn has been in high demand. He began his career as an entertainer on a Caribbean cruise line. Since that time he has toured in Sweden, London, Portugal, and Greece. Additionally, he has played with numerous jazz combos at venues throughout greater Chicagoland.

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Maxwell’s alto sax, clarinet and flute soar over these strong players to create a dozen tracks of robust jazz. Some of these tracks also have a filmic quality that would suit Martin Scorcese’s next movie set on the dark and grimy streets of New York, I’m thinking of Year Three in particular here. So, a very strong follow up to his debut album, and it reveals a composer using his palette of sounds to good effect. For more information about this artist and album and availability visit: www.shawnmaxwell.com

-the-borderland.co.uk (2008)

I first encountered saxophonist Shawn Maxwell when a copy of his debut album came into my hands two years ago

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Sax, alto


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