Max Swan / Vivien Leigh Documentary – LIVE at Zoetropolis
Run Time: 220 min.
A saxophonist, vocalist, and producer from Philadelphia by way of Perkasie, PA, Max Swan channels influence from the likes of Stevie Wonder, James Blake, Donny Hathaway, Michael Brecker, and Lenny Pickett. He’s gone from nothing-but-jazz, to everything-other-than-jazz, and all stops in between. Initially being the loud alto player that showed up for the jam session every week, Max slowly took on more opportunities in hip hop production, as both a bandleader and a studio producer, playing with a number of artists and groups during their growth in the Philly music scene; notable names include LP Stiles, Kuf Knotz, Mic Stew, and most recently, Aime. Over time, the saxophone he’d lay on tracks led to supplementing keyboards, and writing string and horn section arrangements, many of which can be heard on Aime’s most recent release, “The Book of David”, available on iTunes, Spotify, and Pandora. The work that was done with these artists led Max to start laying vocals on his newer music, starting with “So Much Chime” (also available on iTunes, Spotify, etc.). Swan received accolades during his new process with Councilman David Oh’s PHLlive Center Stage Music Conference, Ernest Stuart’s Center City Jazz Festival, all while continuing his rigorous study of saxophone, mainly by way of Lenny Pickett (SNL), in order to truly reach proficiency in the altissimo (higher) registers of the instrument. Swan’s music combines his passions for jazz fusion, 21st century soul, and contemporary hip hop, featuring his vocals, saxophone, and EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument). “The Fisherman”, his debut, was made possible via The Kimmel Center, and will be available soon.
Vivien Leigh Documentary
The Vivien Leigh Documentary (VLD) was born out of the pairing of a soulful singer, Hadassah Wilson with a free improv band, comprised of Scott Bookman and Ron Leik on guitars, Joe Spurlock on upright bass and Matt Blank on drums. Together, they explore the hallmark sounds of rock, jazz, soul and blues, creating original music that transcends the expectations of these genres, paired with heartfelt lyrics culled from life and love. The emotion may be raw, but their performances reveal the bandmates’ sense of humor and retain the infectious energy of their improv roots.