Vocalist Max Wellman is enticing music lovers throughout the region. With a sound evoking the likes of Sinatra and Connick, Wellman’s recordings & performances promise that the Great American Songbook is alive & well for a new generation of listeners.
Wellman has appeared at some of the great clubs throughout the country, from Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center to Andy's Jazz Club in Chicago to Dazzle in Denver & many in between. Performances alongside vocalist Rose Colella (Chicago) & pianist Annie Booth (Denver) have been met with rave reviews.
Over the years, Wellman has had recorded success with his ‘Comes Love’ EP (2009), ‘Max Wellman Live with His Big Band’ (2010) & ‘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 founded Noce, a state-of-the-art jazz club in the Western Gateway neighborhood of downtown Des Moines.
Max’s music is available here as well as on Spotify, Apple Music, & any other prominent music distributor. The Annie Booth Trio looks forward to a new album with Max to be released in July of 2018.
Des Moines Register
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.
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.
[His] classic style recalls jazz’s golden era, and is compared to that of Frank Sinatra, Harry Connick Jr. and Michael Buble.