Biography:American composer and Jazz Trumpeter living in Belgium
Biography and Musical Related Projects and Experiences
Maxwell Price Trumpeter and Composer was born September 18th in
Chicago, Illinois; he started playing the trumpet at the age of 15 and
began musical studies at Lyon & Healy School of Music, Chicago Illinois
and also studied flute and bass clarinet inspired by Eric Dolphy.
At the age of 18 he met drummer Richard Joiner, a civil right activist
working with C.O.R.E. "Congress of Racial Equality" in which they both
participated in local and national demonstrations for civil rights. This
affiliation would last for seven years woodshedding, studying and playing
throughout Chicago, Canada, California, and finally New York.
1967-1968 Maxwell Price and Richard Joiner started playing with the
Byron Pope Jazz Ensemble; in Toronto, Canada later Maxwell Price
began trumpet studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music under the
direction of Mr. Hines.
1968-1969 Manhattan School of Music; studied voice coaching privately
with Yvonne Tiggs, sign reading and ear training, music theory with Jill
Pollack, music orchestration for concert band under the direction of Luis
Jean Brunelli; Manhattan, New York.
Rehearsed with the Kenny Dorham Big Band made possible through the
Manhattan School of Music.
RCA Recording Studios; studied the art of sound recording (made
possible by Manhattan School of Music) studied under the direction of
Max Wilcox and John Warren, New York, N.Y.
Studied with the Bill Dixon Orchestra, workshop at the University of the
Streets New York.
1969-1972 Space Video Arts for Innovative Development; recorded a
series of East Indian composition that he composed of North and South
Indian Ragas. The musicians participating in this recording session was
Maxwell Price, muted trumpet Leroy Jenkins, violin Balakishna, sitar
Monty Waters, saxophone Rasheid Ali, drums and Lois Colin, daughter
of the publisher Charles Colin, New York.
West Beth Building "Video Circus Event" worked and assisted Shirley
Clark and the staff of Space Video Arts for the Innovative Development;
she was the director of the 50's film "The Cool World".
New School of Social Research; studied the musical theory of Walter
Piston and music counterpoint under the direction of Dr. Frank
Wigglesworth; studied electronic/audio music under the direction of
Steve Riech and assisted by Frederic Reziwski, New York.
1970-1972 Wesleyan University; audited courses in the studies of
ethnomusicology drumming of the Akan communities of Ghana; North
and South Indian music, the Indonesian Gamelan Orchestra; electronic
music workshop with Moog and Arp synthesizers with Richard
Teitelbaum. (These studies where recommended by Steve Riech.)
Lived on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation South Dakota, with the Crow
Dog family and played water drum for medicine man Chief Henry Crow
Dog, in peyote ceremonies.
As Maxwell Price continued his musical studies and living in New York
he had the best of day-by-day inspiration given by renown and season
musician like Tommy Turrrentine, Bill Dixon, Archie Shepp, Ray
Appleton, Allen Blairman, Kenny Dorham, Wilbur Ware, Ed Blackwell,
Steve Mc Call, James Duboise of "Studio WE" Sunny Murray, C# Sharp,
and many other to draw valuable knowledge and information.
1973-1977 During the mid 70's with the great decline in the production of
Jazz by big record companies and the over hall interest in promoting
Jazz music Maxwell Price decided to venture more into his interest in
ethnomusicology, anthropology, archeology and still continuing to
woodshed and compose his unique music.
Returning to Chicago Illinois, he composed music for the Theatre of the
New Chicago City Players director Ted Saranto.
Elkins Institute of Technology; studied audio/visual communication,
received a second class FCC License Chicago, Illinois.
Performed a series of avant-garde and electronic improvisation music
concerts throughout the colleges and universities in Illinois. Made
possible with matching grants from the Illinois State Council of the Arts.
Museum of Science and Industry; performed a concert of avant-garde
and electronic improvisation music for the "Black Cultural Events" this
was sponsored by the Illinois State Council of the Arts and by the
Chicago Defender News Paper.
The Field Museum of Natural History; worked developing field research
projects in ethnomusicology for documenting ceremonies of the Akan
communities of Ghana, and the Ewe, Yoruba, of Nigeria, under the
auspices of Maude Waldmen, Chicago, Illinois.
During a period of ten years well into the mid 80's Maxwell Price would
travel and conduct audio/visual research projects through out the central
and south Americas. Working in Columbia, Ecuador and Peru gathering
and collecting archeological musical instruments of the Valdivia, Chimu,
Mochica and Chancay civilizations.
Museum and Instituto de Anthropologia and Historia; worked developing
research projects for a visual archeological archives documenting the life
styles of the Mayan Cakchikal Indians of Comolapa; Guatemala, and
ancient pyramids and ruins of the Olmec and Mayan civilizations in
Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Costa Rica Central Americas; under
the auspices of Dr. Luis Lujan.
1979-1982Tour with the Alan Silva Celestial Communication Orchestra in
France, this is where he first started his long relationship with pianist
1982-1984 worked composing; performing contemporary music in
Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro; and as producer empreiteiro for the Samba
Dance Group "Dance Brazil" performing traditional Brazilian folkloric
dances originating from the region of Bahia. Songs performed by
Miramar Costa and dance choreographed by Maria Helena.
Performed Jazz concerts at People's Jazz Club in Ipanema; and the
Othol-Palace, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
1993-1999 performed during the tribute to Frank Wright Avant-Garde
Festival at the Haus Schoenblick Castle, which included Equine
Geometry, an audio/visual interactive improvisation. Choreography; Clara
Gibson Maxwell, composer Alan Silva, musician Noah Howard, Edward
"Kidd" Jordan, Jeanne Lee, Lawrence "Butch" Morris, Maxwell Price,
Frank Wollny and many more.
1995-1996 Noah Howard's Jazz Group; Live at the New York Caf�,
Brussels, Belgium; Noah Howard's Big Band, Live at the Swing Jazz
Festival, Essen Germany.
Maxwell Price Jazz Quintet, Live at the Brussels Jazz Rally location
Arctia Hotel Brussels Belgium.
Maxwell Price Jazz Quintet Live at "Nubia" Entertainment Company S.A.
Maxwell Price Quintet Live at the Club 144 Avenue Luis Brussels
Bobby Brown Sextet Live at the Main Event Jazz Club Los Angeles
Eric Ildefonse Septet Live at the Diamond Folk Festival Martinique.
1998-2000 Produced the CD title "African Caribbean Descendants"
featuring Maxwell Price, Byron Pope, Eric Ildefonse, Dewey Samson,
and Tony Oulabula; recorded at the Dk; Studio's Belgium.
Produced two CD's of a Tribute to Thelonious Monk; featuring Maxwell
Price, Achie Shepp, Carol Cass, Bobby Few, Wayne Dockery, and
Stephen Mc Craven; recorded at the Dk Studio's Belgium.
Produced an all star CD title the "Invisible Warrior" featuring Maxwell
Price, Byron Pope, Bobby Few, James Lewis, Noah Howard, and Christ
Henderson recorded at the Studio Cargo, Paris France.
Produced and arranged Hip-Hop/Jazz fusion CD title "Hip-Hop
Masquerade" featuring Maxwell Price, Malachi-Jameel Lawson, Erica
Santana, Trajik; and Sizzy; recorded at Ghettobait Sound Studio's,
Composed the original composition "Cuenavaca Serenade" in which
sedgments were used for the movie sound track to "Tenfold" produced
and directed by Bryan and Zachary Zieses, Bzzz films, Inc. Chicago,
(Two new CD's soon to be release January 2011 titles "Mahongwé" and
"Back from Exile Island" by Maxwell Price Jazz Sextet & Santosha Arts
My Jazz Story
I love Jazz because it allows me the opportunity to explore the
I was first exposed to Jazz as a child my parents were owners of a
local record shop on the near North side of Chicago, Illinois
The first great Jazz legends I met as a teenager Gene Ammons,
Cannonball and Nat Adderley, at the Bird House Jazz club North side of
The best show I ever attended was probably Art Blakey and the Jazz
Messengers at Slug Jazz club New York.
The Believer by John Coltrane
My advice to new listeners is to listen to as much of the early
classic Bebop and Hard- Bop music as possible.
- John Coltrane The Believer
- John Coltrane A Love Supreme
- Fats Navarro Fats Blows