Max Perkoff

Max Perkoff


The Max Perkoff Band sounds like a combination of The John Coltrane Quartet and The Bad Plus!


The Max Perkoff Band began in the spring of 2006, playing clubs and festivals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Several original tunes have become audience favorites, ("One Dollar Dance" and "Blues For Dr. King" among others) requested by people who keep coming back to the group's gigs.

Max toured the west and east coasts of the USA in 2005 and 2006. Touring included New York City, Los Angeles, Reno, Nevada; and throughout the state of Oregon. Touring in 2007 includes New York City with plans for more, so stay tuned!

Gig venues in New York City include Jazz At Lincoln Center, The Triad, La Mama Theater, The Encore & The Metropolitan Room. In the Bay Area: Yoshi's in Oakland, Jazz At Pearls, The Filmore, Performances at Six in San Francisco; and many more.

Max joined trombonist Roswell Rudd and Monk's Music Trio for the highly acclaimed "Monk's Bones." The CD reached #10 on the national jazz radio charts in 2006.

Among the many artists Randy Vincent has toured and/or recorded with are: Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Bill Watrous, and The Turtle Island String Quartet.

Sam Bevan played bass for the David Grisman Band, 2000-2001, and is equally adept at classical acoustic swing and electric funk and jazz-fusion.

Paul van Wageningen has played with Stan Getz, Paquito D'Rivera, Angela Bofil, Claudia Vallela, and many more.

"Perkoff injects a kind of Kai Winding clarity..." Barry McRae, Jazz Journal International

"Max Perkoff favors a fairly straightforward tone; the integrity of his lines is what counts." - Kevin Whitehead, "Fresh Air" on National Public Radio.

"Friday the 13th" is simply outstanding; dig the way the two bones - both muted - interact with berimbau. They compliment each other polyphonically on "Blue Monk." - Willard Jenkins, (praise for "Monk's Bones')

"Perkoff's effervescent personality did positively affect both his and his colleagues' playing. He's relaxed on the 'bone, has a nice tone and doesn't try to play 64 notes per measure." - Phil Elwood, San Francisco Examiner.

"It’s not “just any” pair of trombonists. It’s Max Perkoff and the venerable Roswell Rudd. ...The trombonists are exciting and sound like they played together forever." - Richard Bourcier,

"Max Perkoff, the son of Si, is the youngest of the group, but that is discernible only from pictures. He plays with a healthy, mature sense of balance, avoiding the temptation to overblow." - Shelton Hull,

"...while playing piano, he exhibits the expertise and ease of a natural musician." - Tom W. Kelly, San Francisco Bay Times


"Infinite Search." Street date: April 2, 2007. Radio airplay has begun, and international reviews are already arriving. Please check back for more.

Set List

Sets are anwhere between 45 min and 90 min depending on the needs of the venue. We are quite flexible with length. Songs last from 3 to 10 minutes, again depending on audience and venue. We play a mix of original tunes, jazz, blues, and R & B classics, and creative arrangements of well known songs.

1. New Life, Max Perkoff.
2. Jungle Strut, Gene Ammons.
3. Amazing Grace, traditional, arr. by M. Perkoff.
4. Off The Ground, M. Perkoff.
5. Imagine, John Lennon, arr. by M. Perkoff.
6. Blues for Dr. King, M. Perkoff.
7. One Dollar Dance, M. Perkoff.
8. New Orleans, Hoagy Carmichael.
9. The Perkoff Boogie, M. Perkoff.
10. I Mean You, Thelonious Monk.
11. Maiden Voyage, Herbie Hancock.
12. JJ's Backroom, M. Perkoff.