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Bassist Max Murray began making music at the age of four. The son of a
professional musician, music was ever-present in his childhood home
near Boston, MA. After experimenting with brass & woodwind
instruments, the double bass found him at age 13. While in high school
he studied with Boston Symphony Orchestra bassist, Lawrence Wolfe. At
seventeen, Max was accepted into the United States Navy Music Program,
and upon high school graduation he enlisted in the Navy. After boot
camp, he attended the Armed Forces School of Music in Little Creek,
VA, and graduated at the top of his class, and ahead of schedule. He
then was forced to endure arduous tours of duty with Navy Bands in
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and Newport, RI. In 1985 Max won an appointment
to the Premier United States Naval Academy Band in Annapolis, MD.,
where he remained until retiring from the Navy in 2000. During his
twenty-plus years of service he performed a broad spectrum of music,
including; top-40, rock 'n roll, R&B, plenty of marches, classical
literature, show tunes, rap, country, salsa, big band & small group
Max is honored to have studied with, or participated in masterclasses
with some of the finest bassists on the planet, including Paul
Johnson, John Clayton, Rufus Reid, Glen Moore, Buster Williams, and
After hearing Max play, legendary bassist Milt The Judge Hinton,
said, .... it ain't gonna get much better than that, that's
In addition to the many wonderful regional musicians he collaborates
with, Max is honored to have shared the stage with a diverse list of
major artists, including Henry Mancini, Don Menza, Mose Allison, Jimmy
Witherspoon, Lee Greenwood, Neil Sedaka, Louie Bellson, Gene
Bertoncini, Dave Samuels, and Poncho Sanchez.
In 2003 he and longtime partner Frank Russo released their first
collaboration with pianist Doug Bickel & John D'earth, In My Mind's
Eye. He also can be heard on recordings by Suede, Rob Vuono
Orchestra, Tom Lagana Group, Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet, The Fred
Hughes Trio, Rob Levit, the Pete BarenBregge/Frank Russo Group, The
Vince Norman/Joe McCarthy Big Band. As a member of Afro Bop Alliance
he received a Latin Grammy Award for the 2008 release, Caribbean Jazz
Project - Afro Bop Alliance.
His most recent release,Turning Point, is with trio mates Alan
Blackman & Frank Russo along with the brilliant saxophonist Donny
McCaslin and rising vocal star Margret Grebowicz.
Max lives with his family near the Chesapeake Bay, and maintains a
steady performing and recording schedule.