BlueStem Jazz is back on the Garver Patio featuring Max Bessesen with Russ Johnson, Devin Drobka, Dave Miller, and Ethan Philon.
Chicago saxophonist Max Bessesen was described as “an exciting composer and a dynamic performer with a singular sound” by Jazziz magazine. In 2020, he released his debut album Trouble (Ropeadope Records), which garnered praise from JazzTimes, SomethingElse! and Jazzwise among others. He will be joined by his regular quintet to perform the music from this album, along with new compositions and covers. Max has performed with musicians like Bobby Broom, Greg Ward, and Ron Miles and his work has been supported by The Luminarts Foundation, Pathways to Jazz, and The Frank Huntington Beebe Fund. As a 2016-17 Beebe Fellow, Max spent a year studying music in India, Ghana and Cuba.