Max Holmberg first started getting to know the drum set at his grandpa’s house at age two. Born into a family of actors and musicians, it’s no surprise that the first music he remembers listening to is Count Basie. Despite several years of piano lessons, Max was primarily self-taught on the kit during his time in the jazz programs at Eckstein Middle School and Roosevelt High School. Max then moved to Boston for four years where he completed his B.M. in performance at Berklee College of Music. Upon completion, he returned to Seattle where he can be found performing around the pacific northwest with many diverse projects.
Max hosts the weekly jazz jam (Beaver Session) at the Angry Beaver in Greenwood every Sunday where musicians and listeners from all different demographics come together to enjoy and be a part of the music. Some of the local artists Max plays with regularly include the 200 Trio, The Arsonists, Kareem Kandi, Danny Quintero, Paul Green, Alex Dugdale, and many others. Max has also had the opportunity to collaborate with many other notable musicians including Wynton Marsalis, the late Rashied Ali, the late James Moody, Sean Jones, Joanne Brackeen, Joe Lovano, Wayne Krantz, Jr., Benny Green, Eddie Gomez, Lizz Wright, Gerald Clayton, Cuong Vu, and others.
He has played live on 88.5 KPLU, appeared on CBS 11, PBS 9 and KING 5 with various bands and has toured everywhere from San Francisco to the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy.