Happy 80th Max!  

Posted by Tony Guerrero

The KSBR Birthday BASH went great. One of the highlights - besides a stellar new location that showed just how big this has grown since it was a handful of people in a lounge - was the celebration of bass legend Max Bennett's 80th birthday.

When I say legend, its not without merit. He was arguably one of the most recorded bass players in the 1960s and 70s, not only playing on every movie, commercial, TV show (he was the bass that Danny Bonaduce faked to on the Partridge Family!), but continuing to work with a succession of major artists that he started back in the 40s, playing with everyone from Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, on through the 70s with artists like Joni Mitchell and Frank Zappa. He also helped launch the contemporary jazz movement by being an early convert to the electric bass and founding the L.A. Express with Tom Scott. Quite a career.

Max also toured with the equally legendary Crusaders, with Joe Sample. Our "surprise" for Max was bringing Joe Sample (who flew in from Korea!) to surprise and perform with him. [Pictured: DJ Gary Bergeson, Tony, Max, Joe]

A great moment, and a great evening. Happy birthday Max (and KSBR!)

[Want to hear a voicemail capture of the moment Max's wife, Terry, brought Joe to see Max for the first time right before the concert? Very fun…click HERE]

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