The 2017 Music Lineup for Vino & Notes is

HOTTER than Ever!


First in the Musical Lineup Max Wagner!


Appaloosa Jazz Records recording artist, Max Wagner, is a dynamic and accomplished saxophonist and Jazz vocalist. A vibrantly eloquent and lyrical player, he draws primarily from his own vocabulary, and has developed an individual sound and approach to Modern Jazz. As a Jazz vocalist and scat singer, he puts his original spin on the traditions of Jon Hendricks, Mark Murphy, and Ella Fitzgerald. He has received notice in DOWNBEAT magazine, been described by the Denver Post as “a powerful and innovative soloist”, by Westword as “Denver’s candidate for the ‘Alto Madness’ award”, and in the Coloradoan as a “world class Jazz artist”. Max has worked with many of the great Jazz Artists of our time and some of the legends of the music, including: Dakota Staton, Conte Candoli, Don Braden, Javon Jackson, Angela Hagenbach, Fred Wesley, Lew Tabackin, Red Holloway, Nick Brignola, Pat Bianchi, John Fedchock, Pete Christlieb, René Marie, Eric Gunnison, Ken Walker, Lou Donaldson, Frank Tiberi, Bud Shank, Greg Abate… and the list goes on. Max has performed across the country in Concert Series, at Jazz Festivals, and in Jazz clubs. His extensive performing, recording and touring work have afforded him the rare opportunity to become an accomplished musician in the Jazz tradition. With “Gratitude”, his new release on Appaloosa Jazz Records, he brings us a striking and richly detailed performance delivering an album that makes a strong statement of individuality and originality. A veteran of some seventy recordings, on this, his third CD as a leader, Wagner enlivens a program of up-beat originals, straight-ahead gems, up-dated classics, high energy Latin and Brazilian sounds, soulful ballads, and more. “Gratitude” was chosen as album of the month by Denver’s top rated Jazz radio station KUVO 89.3FM.

Max appeared with his Quartet for over three years at Denver’s venerable and historic Jazz club, El Chapultepec, performing four nights a week, regularly, Wednesday through Saturday. As leader of the house band at the ‘Pec’, Max performed with many topflight Jazz artists; and hosted jam sessions with countless visiting musicians, including The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and The Harry Connick Big Band, among others. Additionally, Max founded, and has directed for over twenty-five years, the Estes Park Jazz Festival, in Estes Park, Colorado. Max has appeared on American and Canadian television and radio, both live and recorded; and was a co-host and performer on a regularly scheduled Jazz radio show on Denver’s KCFR-FM. Max has often performed live on Denver’s top rated Jazz Radio station, KUVO 89.3 FM. His performance of “Very Early” from one of these broadcasts was selected to be a part of KUVO’s “Best of Live at the Oasis 2010” CD. This compelling saxophonist and vocalist always delivers an engaging musical experience, which includes Distinctive Originals, Classic Straight Ahead Jazz, Soulful Bebop, Latin Jazz, and Romantic Ballads. His stage presence, connection with his audience, great humor and soul combine to provide listeners with an entertaining, exciting, and intimate Jazz experience. Max’s original compositions and his original lyrics and vocalese for Jazz Standards offer yet another dimension to his performances. He lives by the premise that in music, and in Jazz in particular, saying something is still the bottom line.

Then Tony Exum, Jr will have us dancing in the streets to close out the festival!

“The Tony Exum release, Exum’s sophomore effort, is called The One and contains much of the vibe and groove that brought his fans to his side in the first place: A combination of danceable jams, sensuously slow and appealing R&Bish seduction, and an even punchier delivery on some tracks, if you can imagine that.”

— Ronald Jackson, The Smooth Jazz Ride

“If the ’80s crossover indulgences of Kenny G helped give smooth jazz a bad name, Tony Exum Jr.’s music serves as an overdue opportunity for redemption. A devotee of artists like Grover Washington and Dexter Gordon, the Springs’ premier saxophonist is slowly and steadily gathering attention in the outside world”

— Bill Forman, Colorado Springs Independent

“Walk with us as we re-introduce Colorado Springs native, Urban Jazz saxophonist Tony Exum Jr. The kid with the spunk to give you the funk. The dude with the flair to drift each and everyone of you into the air. The cat with the saxophone tracks. The fellow who seemingly have made just about every female at a live concert say ‘HELLO’ when he drops heartfelt melodies and intoxicating harmonies through the reed. Mr. Exum’s sophomore effort, “THE ONE”, released last year in 2012, is now picking up major traction all over the ‘net and radio airwaves. You may hear a nice new single from the disc coming to your dial real soon. The T.U.M.S. players, however, would personally like for you to listen to one of his more passionate compositions from the album entitled, “Your Eyes, Your Lips, Your Smile.”, produced by bassist Julian Vaughn, another guy on the cusp of major stardom. Courtesy of ReverbNation.”

“Granted, smooth jazz is not exactly a staple of your friendly neighborhood Reverb column. But when it comes to top-flight Colorado Springs jazz musician Tony Exum Jr., even our most hard-edged punk, metal and hip-hop friends would have to acknowledge that the man is a consummate musician. And for those who retain a soft spot for fusion-era Grover Washington Jr. and Ronnie Laws recordings, a new album from the local saxman is surely an event worth celebrating. Which is just what will happen this Friday at Stargazers, where Exum and company will celebrate the release of The One. Co-produced by Exum and Opie Gone Bad drummer Tarell Martin, the new album also features guitarist Tim Bowman and saxophonist Marcus Anderson performing a set of the saxophonist’s seductively soulful originals. There’s also a mellifluous cover of New Edition’s late-’80s ballad “Can You Stand the Rain,” featuring Terrill Paul (aka Rellion), who sang backup vocals, appropriately enough, on Bobby Brown’s new album”