Max Perkoff


My Story

Max Perkoff - Trombone, piano, musical director

Music is my language.  My earliest memories are of listening to my father, the great jazz pianist Si Perkoff, jam and rehearse in our San Francisco apartment. My mother, the equally great artist Sara Goren was an avid music fan as well.  Art on the walls, artists, poets, and musicians hanging out in our home, combined every day filled with the sounds of Bach, Woody Guthrie, Ellington, Bird, 'Trane, Miles, Monk, and so much more. I loved it all from the start.

I have performed at Yoshi's in Oakland & San Francisco, The Herbst Theatre and Jazz At Pearl's in San Francisco, 142 Throckmorton and The Sweetwater in Mill Valley, and many other venues.

Touring has included Jazz At Lincoln Center, The Iridium, The Triad, La Mama Theater, The Encore, The Metropolitan Room, and other New York City venues; as well as clubs in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Reno, Nevada. Extensive sideman work includes jazz, cabaret, rock & pop performance with Cami Thompson & The Cosmopolitans, Harold Jones (Tony Bennett, Count Basie,) Dan Hicks, Johnny Mathis, Bobby Rydell, Lou Christie, John Cippolina (Quicksilver Messenger Service,) Sherri Payne, Chris Clark, Linda Clifford, Terese Genecco, Linda Kosut, Mike Vax, Jon Hendricks, and Kenny Washington.

Currently, I am a trombonist with The San Francisco Wind Ensemble and play piano and 'bone with several local jazz and blues bands.  It's a wonderful way to walk through the world.


The Max Perkoff Band - Jazz, Blues, from New Orleans to Contemporary Styles.

My band is usually a quartet, but can be a duo or a trio.  When possible, I love to add a vocalist, often the great Cami Thompson. I'm interested in combining traditional jazz styles with the music of my Jewish soul.  That means both Middle Eastern and Eastern European folk music, klezmer, and popular dance styles.

Here's some of our press.  

"The Max Perkoff Band is a tight outfit. They lean into each other, read emotion and movement, and come up with a cohesive musicality that evolves in several styles. At the outset they find their reckoning in a bop beat in “New Life.” The tune is enough to make one salivate for more and the band does not disappoint....Perkoff shows his lyrical side on the piano as well, his notes flowing with gentle, rippling passion." - Jerry D'Souza,

"Perkoff is influenced by J.J. Johnson and is a chordal-based bop soloist at heart, but his improvisations are unpredictable and are free of clichés. He held his own with Roswell Rudd in his previous record Monk’s Bones, and he excels with his modern mainstream quartet. "Infinite Search" should result in Max Perkoff becoming better known and rated high among modern jazz trombonists." - Scott Yanow, Los Angeles Jazz Scene