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Art Maxwell

Multi-Instrumentalist / Composer / Arranger

Producer / Agent / Consultant / Instructor

Instruments: Flute, Alto Flute, Piccolo,

Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxophone,

Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Oboe and Shakuhachi


Began music studies at age four on the recorder and flute studies at age eight – Studied music theory at Laney College – Formed Steinwell Music with Jeff Feldstein – Founded Tonal Gravity Records in 1988 – CD record releases in 1989, 1990, and 2000

Member and Co-Founder of the Berkeley Saxophone Quartet – Baritone


Merrill Jordan (formerly with the San Francisco Symphony) – Janet Maestre (of the Berkeley Symphony) – Alexander Murray (formerly with the London Symphony) – Eugene Kushner (formerly with the Oakland Symphony) – Stan Getz (at the 1982 Jazz Workshop) – James Lewis (of the Union Street Project)


Ten annual recitals of classical chamber music at the International House in Berkeley, CA – Two seasons with the Prometheus Orchestra, playing flute and piccolo – Engagments at various Bay Area nightclubs including The Bistro, Moriarty’s and Yoshi’s – Opening of 1000 Virginia Gallery – Trinity Chamber Concerts with the Berkeley Saxophone Quartet.

Performed with

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – Pete Escovedo – Joe Henderson – Ed Kelly – Calvin Keys – Eddie Marshall – Pastiche – Mongo Santamaria – Yancy Taylor – Diane Witherspoon – Stan Getz Quartet

Performed at

The Durant Hotel – The Claremont Hotel – Erle’s Solano Club – Larry Blake’s Kimball’s – Ralph’s – Birdland West – The Scorpion – The Screaming Eagle – International House – The Bistro – Ashkenaz – Dock of the Bay – The Bancroft Street Lounge – Escovedo’s – Gallagher’s – Moriarty’s – The Coffee Mill – Yoshi’s (CD Release Party, 1989, 2000) – The Great American Music Hall – Festival at the Lake, 1991 – Palo Alto Celebrates the Arts – 1st Vietnamese & American Jazz Festival – Solano Stroll – 1st International Jazz Festival in Nakhodka, Russia 1994 with trumpeter Les Rogers – 606 Club (London, England) – Le Tattingole (Poitiers, France)

Radio and Television

Interviews on KJAZ, KPFA, KALX, and KCSM – Oakland’s KTVU/Channel 2 “New Year’s Eve 1986″ with Yancy Taylor’s All-Stars – Video premier of “Blues for Frank” on Nisa’s Showtime TV Channel 38 – Radio air play on major West Coast Jazz Stations – Video airplay on Chilean National Television – Cable 8 performances with Herb Carr and interview with Les Williams

Recording Credits

Composed, arranged, performed, and produced the album “Quantum Leaps” – the music of Art Maxwell and Tonal Gravity on Tonal Gravity Records – Composed, arranged, performed, and produced the album “Latin Up” – the music of Art Maxwell and Tonal Gravity featuring Diane Witherspoon on Tonal Gravity Records – Performed on several recordings of Vietnamese music for Giana Productions, including “More than Love” by Peter Zak – Produced the debut album of Diane Witherspoon “Thanking You” for Tonal Gravity Records – Produced and co-directed the video “Blues for Frank” – Recorded Movements from Twelve Fantasies for solo flute by Telemann for Clover-Lobe Productions

Benefit Concerts

North Berkeley Senior Center, 1999 – Laguna Honda Hospital with Art Brockmeyer – Consolidated Community Center 1990 Earthquake Relief Benefit – Bread and Roses benefit performances with the Berkeley Saxophone Quartet

Most Recent Major Accomplishment

A Film by Gail Dolgin- Daughter from Danang- featuring soundtrack accompaniment by Art Maxwell on shakuhachi. Winner of Best Documentary; Sundance Film Festival 2003 and nominated for an Oscar – Best Documentary 2003 Academy Awards