Max Jaffe is a drummer and composer based in Brooklyn, NY. He is a versatile musician with a particular dedication to the grey areas between established genres.
Originally hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, he began learning how to play drums from his father by the age of 6 and was performing in the Bay Area by the time he was an adolescent. Jaffe descended upon New York City in 2007 to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, where he studied with Amir Ziv, Gerry Hemingway, John Hollenbeck, Jane Ira Bloom, Reggie Workman, and Tyshawn Sorey, among many other esteemed educators.
After earning his B.F.A., he committed himself to engaging with the thriving and creative musical community in Brooklyn. He is a founding member of JOBS, with whom he composes and sings, as well as plays drums, and is a founding member of CHIVES, who also use all caps. He is also a member of Amirtha Kidambi's Elder Ones, a group that blends South Indian Carnatic music and late 60's free jazz with a particular focus on protest and catharsis. Being And Becoming, a new group led by trumpeter Peter Evans, also features Jaffe on drums and Sensory Percussion, a new technology that harnesses the individual expressiveness of drummers to unleash new electronic sounds.
He has also been fortunate to collaborate and tour with Delicate Steve, Rubblebucket, Man Forever, Normal Love, Leverage Models, Unnatural Ways, Pulverize The Sound, The Dreebs, Brandon Seabrook, Brandon Lopez, In One Wind, David Wax Museum, Steven Lugerner, and many others.
The biggest compliment he’s ever received was when some kid told him after a show “That was the most soulful noise music I’ve ever heard”. That was nice.