Maximus Stephens is a professional saxophonist based in York and Newcastle Upon Tyne. He has played the saxophone for over 9 years performing in venues such as Newcastle City Hall, Sage Gateshead, York Minster and the Royal Albert Hall. For a number of years he played with the award winning jazz big band, Parafernalia. Max’s main musical inspirations are Paul Desmond, Gregory Porter and Vulfpeck.
Currently, Max Studies Music Performance at York St John University, under the tuition of Ben Lowman (https://www.benlowman.com/ ). Max plays the saxophone in a variety of different formats and genres. He plays alto saxophone in Yorky Pud Streetband, performing in a variety of different festivals and other events throughout the year. Yorky Pud Streetband performs an array of modern and classic pop and funk songs in a quartet format - a debut EP is currently in the works. As well as funk and pop, Max plays an extensive amount of jazz in solo, duo and trio formats including with guitarist Nathan Lawson in Unsquare Duo. Alongside Isobel Holland, Max leads the YSJ Big Band who perform regularly in YSJ’s lunchtime and evening concerts, a two part album is also being recorded for the end of summer 2022.
Aside from performance, Max composes film music and solo pieces. He is currently in the process of writing his debut solo saxophone EP to be released next year.
Max has been awarded Emmanuel College's most prestigious award (The Principles Award) for determination, positive character and aptitude throughout his time in College. As well as this, Max was presented with an award for outstanding progression in Music at the college's annual Presentation Evening at Sage Gateshead.