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Max Ionata, saxophone (ITA)
Mikael Jakobsson, piano
Daniel Franck, bass (SWE)
Aleksi Heinola, drums
Born in 1972, Max Ionata is seen as one of the major Italian saxophonists on the contemporary jazz scene. Within just a few years, he won the appreciation of both critics and the audience, pursuing a successful career in Italy and abroad.
With more than 70 CDs he recorded in cooperation with Italian and international artists, Max enjoys a lot of popularity abroad, especially in Japan.
Max Ionata is a leader of several projects and collaborates with many top artists. He has played at the most popular jazz clubs and festivals and worked with such great musicians as: Robin Eubanks, Reuben Rogers, Clarence Penn, Lenny White, Billy Hart, Alvin Queen, Joe Locke, Anne Ducros, Steve Grossman, Mike Stern, Bob Mintzer, Bob Franceschini, Hiram Bullock, Joel Frahm, Miles Griffith, Anthony Pinciotti, Jon Cowherd, John Benitez, Dino Piana, Roberto Gatto, Dado Moroni, Stefano Di Battista, Gegè Telesforo, Giovanni Tommaso, Flavio Boltro, Furio Di Castri, Fabrizio Bosso, Enrico Pieranunzi, Mario Biondi, Ornella Vanoni, Sergio Cammariere, Renzo Arbore, and many others.
Max has performed in Russia, Japan, China, Netherlands, England, France, Poland, Spain, Portugal, Serbia, Switzerland, Denmark, Deutschland, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Perù and the United States.
His international awards include: Massimo Urbani Award (woodwinds), 2000; First Prize at Baronissi national jazz contest, 2000; Audience Award at Tramplin Jazz D’Avignon international contest, France, 2002; JAZZIT AWARD as best Italian tenor saxophonist, 2012; JAZZIT AWARD as best Italian tenor saxophonist, 2013. The popular magazine Jazzlife covered him in a big article with interview in its “Jazz horn 2010” special edition, referring to him as “a saxophonist who opened new boundaries in jazz.”