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Shawn Maxwell

Shawn Maxwell formed his style early on while growing up in the rich musical history of the Joliet, Illinois school music programs. From the time a clarinet and saxophone first touched his lips, Maxwell knew that music was his calling. With conviction and abilities that belied his age, it was equally clear to others that Shawn Maxwell was destined to be a musician. He quickly became a celebrated performer in the Joliet Central High School band program where his prowess as a soloist was on regular display. Shawn further refined his art in a post-secondary setting, absorbing all that his instructors could teach – earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Millikin University in 1999. Shawn then signed with the prestigious and legendary Conn-Selmer Company to join their Performance and Educational Artist Roster.

After starting his professional career touring internationally, across the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, Maxwell returned home to Chicago. His multi-instrumental talents have been lauded by fellow musicians and critics alike and Maxwell has become one the preeminent performers in the Chicago jazz landscape.

In late 2004, Maxwell took his group, The Shawn Maxwell Quartet, into the studio to record the tracks for what would eventually become his debut release, “Originals”. The album showcased Maxwell’s composition, arranging, and production skills while also highlighting the impressive skills of his group. Brad Walseth, of jazzchicago.net wrote that the album “…is like a refreshing burst of fresh air through the jazz world that can often seem closed and stale.”

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★★★★ - Downbeat Magazine “Bravo.” – Bobby Reed, Downbeat Magazine 3 time Editors Pick – Downbeat Magazine “Nobody writes like this.” – Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune “This is bold music. Maxwell isn’t afraid to try out new ideas and take chances….that risk-taking pays off—big time.”- Frank Alkyer‚ Downbeat Magazine

I first encountered saxophonist Shawn Maxwell when a copy of his debut album came into my hands two years ago. My initial reaction was that this artist was rather cocky; his titling of his album as “Originals” seemed at first to be absurdly audacious; but upon listening to it I discovered to my pleasure that his braggadio was true: he was truly an original in that his music was singularly his own and unattached to any particular genre

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, alto

Location

Chicago

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Upcoming Shows

Date Detail Price
Jan25Fri
Shawn Maxwell
Fox Valley Winery
Oswego, IL
Jan26Sat
Shawn Maxwell Trio
Pete Miller's-naperville
Naperville, IL
Feb9Sat
Shawn Maxwell Trio
Pete Miller's-naperville
Naperville, IL
Feb23Sat
Shawn Maxwell Trio
Pete Miller's-naperville
Naperville, IL
Mar9Sat
Shawn Maxwell Trio
Pete Miller's-naperville
Naperville, IL
Mar14Thu
Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow
The Washington
burlington, IA
Mar15Fri
Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow
Noce
Des Moines, IA

Discography

Shawn Maxwell's Alliance

Shawn Maxwell's...

Chicago Session LTD.
2015

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Bridge

Bridge

Chicago Sessions
2014

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Shawn Maxwell's Alliance

Shawn Maxwell's...

Chicago Session LTD.
2014

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Maxwell's House

Maxwell's House

Chicago Sessions
2010

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Maxwell's House

Maxwell's House

Shawn Maxwell
Music in My Mind

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