Since January 2001, Connecticut-based four-piece "Stanley Maxwell" has played original music that blends (among many other influences) jazz, funk and rock with tight arrangements and intricate group improvisation. They are a no-nonsense, conservatory-trained group of musicians who share a love for playing soulful music together and making people dance. The band has built a grassroots name for themselves throughout the Northeast, and joined the Home Grown Music Network in 2008. From colleges and festivals to nightclubs and local bars, the group is a “must see” experience. Aesthetically, they combine both the virtuosic and the simple into a visceral concoction. The group won the "Best Jazz Band" category in the Hartford Advocate's "Grand Band Slam" three times (2010, 2009, 2007). We will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the band in 2021: #StanleyMaxwell20
Stanley Maxwell's independently-produced debut album "Don't Wake The Baby!" was recorded in Bristol, Connecticut by Dan Silvia and mastered by Anthony Latt. The album included "Mousetrap", an eleven-bar blues influenced by Thelonious Monk. The band's recording of the composition by pianist Evan Green attracted international attention including "Mousetrap" winning "Best Jazz Song" in the 7th Annual Independent Music Awards (December 2007), an international program that helps indie artists and releases overcome mainstream obstacles and reach wider audiences by providing year-long promotion, marketing and distribution opportunities that place those selected in front of more than 15 million music fans and industry decision makers around the world; and winning the Relix Magazine November 2007 "JamOff" contest for unsigned artists, with "Mousetrap" featured on the November Relix CD sampler, included with over 100,000 issues of the internationally distributed magazine, dedicated to jam bands and improvisational music.