Max Swan & Micah Graves
Run Time: 240 min.
~ Saturday, April 16 ~ Doors @ 7pm ~ Showtime 8pm ~ $15 ~
The talent on this lineup is absolutely NEXT LEVEL, you seriously don’t want to miss it!
A native of the Philadelphia area, Max Swan’s earliest forays into music revolved around jazz. Max is a classically-trained saxophonist who has studied under Saturday Night Live band leader Lenny Pickett, and has emerged as an accomplished vocalist and hip hop producer. Max’s unique skillset – coupled with his innate ability to break genre boundaries – has resulted in a distinctive “electrosoul” sound that blends the musicality and improvisational spirit of jazz with elements of 21st Century soul, harmony-rich R&B, and contemporary hip hop.
“Swan travels effortlessly between worlds of R&B, jazz, and electronic… check out his ability to be a musical multitasker — from his vocal performance to engineering the sampler to the soaring sax solo at the end… Swan finds a groove, he dives in deep and compels you to do the same.”
– NPR’s Slingshot
SXSW: Amplify Philly Official Showcase (2019)
Finalist, Tri State Indie Music Awards; Jazz Artist of the Year (2015)
“The Waters” featured on NPR’s “Heavy Rotation” Playlist in (2018)
Direct Support for Robert Glasper, Bilal, Chris Dave & Drumhedz, and D.R.A.M. (2018)
Curator/Producer/Proponent of “MONO//POLY”, a collaborative music event (2017-’18)
Kimmel Center Jazz Resident (2016-’18)
Fueled by a 6-month stint in Amsterdam as an exchange student, pianist Micah Graves returned home passionate about composing music. The Philadelphia native, who turns 24 in January has also implemented an aggressive schedule for recording music that has resulted in three impressive releases in less than a year and includes his sublime, genre bending CD Pawns.
Micah’s musical foundation has roots in several of the same programs that assisted in the early development of Christian McBride, Joey DeFrancesco, Justin Faulkner, Immanuel Wilkins, and many more. He’s an all-state talent that has benefited from Summers at Berklee’s jazz camps and graduating from the jazz program at Temple University.
While contemplating grad school, planning a tour, and playing the role of educator himself, his CD release count is on schedule to double in 2022. The new litter will include two projects featuring more of his original compositions and a release that pays homage to jazz standards.