CBC Maritimes

Studio H Sessions - video feature - Max Keenlyside

February 2, 2011 12:16 PM

A video feature on PEI based pianist and composer Max Keenlyside - He is one of the Artists invited to take part in Our Studio H Sessions concert series.

Max Keenlyside is an 19-year-old pianist and composer from Canada. He first got involved in music at the age of 9, and since then has ammassed a formidable roster of over 60 original compositions. Max is also known for his stride and "Jelly Roll" Morton chops, as well as a firm grounding in the ragtime piano tradition. A favorite at jazz and ragtime festivals across North America, and a PEI representative in the Canadian National Artist's Program held in conjunction with the 2010 Olympics, pianist and composer Max Keenlyside is a "musician's musician" in the very best sense. Keenlyside plays with plenty of pep and energy (but never too fast!) and his performances are laced with humor, all the while remaining faithful to the spirit and intent of the original composers. He is known especially for his renditions of pieces by Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, Eubie Blake, and other stride and early jazz composers. Max's first album, "KeenlyStride," was released in May of 2010. He currently lives in Charlottetown, pursuing various musical projects.

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