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).