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Biography

Whether it is at Chicago’s stunning Drake Hotel or the historic Hoyt Sherman Place Theater, vocalist Max Wellman is enticing music lovers throughout the region. With a sound evoking the likes of Sinatra & Connick, Wellman’s recordings & performances promise that the Great American Songbook is alive & well for a new generation of listeners.

When Wellman teams up with his jazz trio or his Big Band, it’s an opportunity to witness his talent on a grand scale. Concerts like his annual ‘Home for the Holidays’ have become a cherished treasure throughout the region.

Over the years, Wellman has had recorded success with his ‘Comes Love’ EP (2009) and ‘Max Wellman Live with His Big Band’ (2010) was met with rave reviews, as was ‘You Must Believe In Spring’ (2014). He also routinely sells out his Songbook Project subscription service — a project that sheds light on dozens of treasured standards every year. Wellman has successfully produced concerts at many of the midwest’s gems, from historic Hoyt Sherman Place to the Des Moines Playhouse to the restored Paramount Theater in Cedar Rapids.

Coming off the release of his full-length big band album, ‘Just In Time,’ Wellman is serving as the first entertainment director at Noce, a state-of-the-art new jazz club in the heart of downtown Des Moines, Iowa.

Max’s music is available at maxwellmanmusic.com as well as Spotify, Apple Music, & any other prominent music distributor.

“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

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“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 is a naturally gifted singer with a knack for capturing a classic crooner style and throughout his career he’s surrounded himself with excellent musicians, led by the Des Moines trumpter and composer Dave Rezek.”
– The Ames Tribune

“Wellman is a true talent, and surrounds himself with the same and Des Moines is lucky to have him. He is one of a kind and I highly recommend seeing one of his shows. You will leave smiling and wishing you lived in years past where Cole Porter would be more important than Lady Gaga.”
– Des Moines Music Coalition

“Jazz vocalist Max Wellman is quickly becoming a local sensation. Performing with the poise and confidence of someone far beyond his years, he captivates audiences with a classic yet fresh vocal style.”
– DSM Magazine

“But on Wednesday nights in the cavernous back room at Chuck’s Restaurant, the Italian-American mainstay on Des Moines’ north side, time slows down so much that it switches into reverse. The scene looks pretty much like it did when the place opened in 1956. Over in the corner, Max Wellman sings jazz tunes that were popular decades before he was born.”
– The Des Moines Register

“Des Moines’ youngest jazz crooner, whose classic style recalls jazz’s golden era, and is compared to that of Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr. and Michael Buble.”
– Cityview