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Maximillian Z.

(800) 417-4620

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Saxophone Teacher

Influences: Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, Walter Smith III, Ben Wendel, Joe Henderson, Mark Turner, Myron Walden, David Sanborn

Clarinet Teacher

Influences: Eric Dolphy, Myron Walden, Benny Maupin, Anthony Braxten

About Me:
Hi there!

My name is Max and I’ve been playing the saxophone since I was nine years old. I have since been practicing voraciously in the hopes that I might bridge my idiosyncratic gaps that lay between technique and emotive communication. Aside from Jazz I have also studied European Classical music and Indian classical music in depth and have nurtured a love and respect for both genres. I have also been a teacher since I was fourteen and have taught students of all ages and backgrounds. I love to teach for many reasons. It gives me insights into the nature of my musical thoughts and knowledge as I put them in a communicable form. But perhaps more importantly, it feels amazing to be able to share that which has filled my life with joy and given me a sense of purpose.
I am a graduate of the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and I have performed live with many great musicians including Bobby Watson, Antonio Hart, Herbie Hancock, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Diane Reeves, Alex Sipiagin, Dominick Farinacci, and Paquito D’Rivera. Also, I have studied with Ari Hoenig, Aaron Parks, Aaron Goldberg, Ambrose Ackimusire, Ben Wendel, Walter Smith III, Jaleel Shaw, Marcus Strickland, Andy Milne, Chris Cheek and Myron Walden. I look forward to sharing all that I have learned as well as learning from those that I teach!

Elementary School, Pre-teen, Teenage, Adult

To inquire about lessons with Maximillian, please fill out the Inquiry Form on this page, or call us at (800) 417-4620.


  • South Pasadena Music Center and Conservatory , Pasadena CA Private woodwind Instructor • Taught up to ten students per week • Taught students ages 7 - 46; beginner through advanced • Prepared students for auditions [2005 - 2010]
  • Tutored fellow students in Saxophone, Theory, Composition, Songwriting in exchange for other services. [2010 - 2014]


  • Graduated, Saxophone Performance (BFA), New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music [2014]

Studied With:

  • Myron Walden [2013]
  • Ben Wendel [2008 - 2014]
  • Walter Smith III [2009 - 2010]
  • Marcus Strickland [2010]
  • Jaleel Shaw [2010]
  • Chris Cheek [2013]
  • Aaron Parks [2011 - 2014]
  • Ambrose Akinmusire [2010 - 2011]
  • Aaron Goldberg [2012]
  • Kirk Nurock [2014]
  • Ari Hoenig [2012]

Seminars and Workshops Attended:

  • Summer Jazz Colony, Brubeck Institute [2009]
  • Summer Jazz Workshop (directed by Terry-Lyne Carrington), Berklee School of Music [2008]
  • Next Generation Orchestra, Next Generation Orchestra [2009]
  • Next Generation Orchestra, Next Generation Orchestra [2010]
  • Vail Summer Jazz Workshop, Vail Jazz Festival [2009]


  • Outstanding Soloist Award - Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival [2010]
  • Outstanding Soloist Award - Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival [2009]
  • Full Tuition Scholarship - New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music [2010]
  • Full Tuition Scholarship - Berklee School of Music [2010]

Recent Performances:

  • Shin Sakaino Trio, Tomi Jazz, NYC [June, 2014]
  • Amanda Ruzza Group, Blue Note, NYC [August, 2013]
  • Amanda Ruzza Group, Yonkers Music Festival, NYC [August, 2014]
  • Steven Fiefke Big Band, Metropolitan Room, NYC [March, 2014]
  • Kyle Poole Quartet, Smalls, NYC [February, 2014]


  • Hiro Nozawa - "Bright Moments in Life" [2014]


  • Full Ride Merit Based Scholarship from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music [2010 - 2014]
  • Full Ride Merit Based Scholarship from the Berklee School of Music [2010]

Student Reviews for Maximillian

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5 out of 5 Max Z. - June 27, 2014

By Ben F., Saxophone Lessons

Working and learning under Max was truly amazing, both for his effective teaching abilities and the clear passion he has for playing the saxophone (which inevitably rubbed off on me). He is easy to talk and relate to, and can explain even the most complicated musical ideas/techniques with clarity. He taught me to play music, and not just notes, and for anyone interested in that I would highly recommend him.

5 out of 5 Max Z. - Highly Recommended! - June 27, 2014

By Steve Streett, Saxophone Lessons

I studied Alto Sax under Max Z. for around two years and thoroughly enjoyed it. He was always on time and his manner was warm and professional. As a foundation he employed standard industry instruction books, but also augmented my lessons generously with his own materials and audio files. He was very enthusiastic about discussing theory, history and methods and techniques of the jazz greats. He kept me on schedule with the instruction books but also indulged me in learning how to play pieces of my choosing. I remember mostly his enthusiasm for jazz, his willingness to demonstrate a point, his great ability, and his patience. It was a treat to have studied with Max.



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