Mark Maxwell, aka Dr. SaxLove
Mark Maxwell (aka, Dr. SaxLove) is a saxophonist, composer, and recording artist, and one of the best-selling saxophonists in America. His albums have sold over half a million copies, and his songs have streamed over 100,000,000 times. His Dr. SaxLove YouTube videos garner many millions of views each month.
Mark has performed and recorded with many remarkable musicians: Garth Webber (Miles Davis, Robben Ford, Boz Scaggs, Bonnie Raitt), Tony Lufrano (Elvin Bishop, Taj Mahal, Todd Rundgren), Steve Weingart (Chaka Khan, Eric Marienthal, Ernie Watts, Warren Hill, John Pattituci, Dave Weckl), Red Young (Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Sonny & Cher, Dolly Parton, Eric Burdon), Mike Valerio (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Craig Woods (Ray Charles, Brian Seltzer) and many others. He has performed the National Anthem at a Laker game twice.
Born into a family of sax players (his mother and sister played the saxophone, and his brother, Phil, is still a performing saxophonist). Mark has always been surrounded by music and musical instruments: "Growing up, we always had a pianos, guitars, and a saxophone in the house. I even had a set of drums for a when I was a teenager. But it was the saxophone that spoke to me and always felt the most right in my hands."
Saxophonic and musical influences include saxophonists Paul Desmond, Phil Woods, Grover Washington, and Kirk Whalum; and the bands The Beatles, Weather Report, and Tower Of Power.
For Mark and his music, it's all about communicating love: “My calling in life, my mission, is to assist in the uplifting of the spirit of humankind with the music that flows through me. And the saxophone is the perfect instrument for that - everybody loves the sax and the sax makes everybody feel good!”
Mark says, “I’m really lucky because it's my job in life to be a sax player and I get to make music that helps people feel good. I'm a strong believer in the power to the saxophone to heal - people just feel better when they hear it. It is my sincere hope that my music uplifts you, relaxes you, romances you, enlightens you, enlivens you, and otherwise just makes you feel good.”
Mark was born in Michigan and is currently living in near Detroit with his wife, Roberta, and their two Yorkies: Simon and Stella.