Max Goldschmid is 22 years old and resides in Tucson, Arizona. He has been playing music since age 6 when he started taking lessons on his first instrument, the piano. Since then he has expanded his cache of instruments to include soprano, alto, and tenor saxophone, clarinet and bass clarinet, trombone, trumpet (and slide trumpet), flugel horn, guitar, upright and electric bass, and whatever else he can get his hands on.
Max received his introduction into jazz music with the Tucson Jazz Institute (TJI) as a youngster. There he learned from Doug Tidaback, Scott Black and other Tucson favorites, and he was quickly absorbed by Tucson’s jazz scene. He plays weekly with the Arizona Roadrunners, a traditional Dixieland jazz band that was featured in 2008, 2009, and 2010 in the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon on live television. Max also plays weekly with the Pete Swan Quintet. Max can often be found sitting in on jam sessions at Old Pueblo Grille and other Tucson area jazz venues.
Max has received awards at numerous competitions, including the Outstanding Soloist award at the prestigious Fullerton College Jazz Festival, three placements in the Arizona All-State Jazz Band on alto sax, tenor sax, and trumpet, solo awards for alto sax, trumpet, and trombone at the 2010 and 2012 Next Generation Festivals in Monterey, California, the Outstanding Doubler Award for clarinet and saxophone at the 2010 Essentially Ellington Competition at Lincoln Center in New York City, and most recently second place in the International Trumpet Guild (ITG) jazz improvisation competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. On September 14th, 2013, Max participated in ITG and University of Cincinnati’s Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition as one of the youngest participants in the finals since the competition’s conception. Max received multiple awards in Downbeat Magazine’s 35th annual student music awards and he was recently reviewed in Downbeat Magazine after an outstanding performance in Tucson with Jazz legends Dennis Mackrel, Wycliffe Gordon, Terrell Stafford, Ken Peplowski, Benny Green and Todd Coolman
Max is also a composer. He wrote several original tunes for his studio album, Maximum Exposure, and participated in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Young Composers Project for four years, producing a full-length symphony each cycle. On Friday, May 8th, 2015, Max’s piece, “You’re Welcome, Anytime”, was featured at the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Celebrate the Future concert.
Max also currently acts as a regular member of the University of Arizona Studio Jazz Band, and is often the featured soloist.