In April of 2012—so, 6 years ago—I got an email that began like this:
My name is David O’Rourke. I am the dad of Max. Max is a dedicated, serious guitar player. He has been playing for 9+ years. He just turned 16…
We pause to offer up three cheers for dads going to bat for their kids. Hip hip…!
To make a long email short, Max had only recently started to learn about Gypsy jazz and his dad was looking for a way to get his talented kid to Django in June. We figured it out, and young Max was a regular here until he headed off to Berklee College of Music a few years later. 2018 will mark his return to Django in June, this time as a teacher…and a helluva Gypsy jazz guitarist:
Max O'Rourke always has interesting and creative ideas over Django Reinhardt's, "Minor Blues"! Can't wait to show you the upcoming album version! Pre-order the album here – http://kck.st/2DeMQHT
Posted by Rhythm Future Quartet on Sunday, January 28, 2018
In addition to his steady gig with Rhythm Future Quartet, Max performs, records and shares arranging duties with the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet. Here’s something from their exquisite, Claroscuro. Note that when you hold the rhythm chair for Gonzalo, you’d best have more in your pocket than just a solid pompe.
Over just the past 2 years, Max tells me he has played in 35 states and 8 countries. He has taught at Frank Vignola’s camp at Crested Butte, Django Fest NW, Django by the Sea, and Fiddle Hell. He’s also been a regular with the John Jorgenson Quintette and the Daisy Castro Quartet, from which this last sampling of group excellence is borrowed.