“Wellman is a jazz vocalist whose crisp, clear tenor voice produces melodic interpretations that echo the likes of Harry Connick Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Michael Buble.”
~ The Des Moines Register
Max Wellman burst on the music scene in Des Moines with the 2009 release of ‘Comes Love’, a full-length album featuring 4 original songs by Wellman along with 8 covers including a stunning duet w/ singer Roxi Copland on Billie Holiday’s soulful tune, ‘Don’t Explain’. Since then, Wellman has become well known indeed in area jazz circles. With influences ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Harry Connick Jr. & a voice that evokes vocal legends, Wellman has become a mainstay on the live jazz scene as front man for assorted bands. His growing resume is highlighted so far by the chance to open for Grammy nominee Vanessa Carlton as part of Des Moines’ Nitefall on the River series. Wellman has also headlined for Des Moines’ Jazz in July series, the Des Moines Art Festival, and many other big events. ‘Comes Love’ was followed up by a live recording in 2010 of a sold out concert at historic Hoyt Sherman Place, ‘Max Wellman – Live w/ His Big Band’. After spending the last couple of years making music in Indianapolis and Atlanta, among other places, Wellman looks forward to the release of a new album in the fall of 2013 featuring his new string quartet, an album blending the genres of jazz & classical music, featuring the arrangements of renowned composer Sam Wells.
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