Philadelphia-raised musician and composer Maxfield Gast has been widely recognized for his performance as a saxophonist and composer. Rooted in jazz saxophone, Gast is a multi instrumentalist, solo artist, and music producer, including composing and performing music for television, the big screen, and performing live around the globe.
As a bandleader, Gast has released several albums including Ogopogo, PhillyCAM Sessions, Side By Side, and Eat Your Beats, all on the Militia Hill label. Maxfield’s unique and eclectic sound found it’s way onto the airways, landing high on college radio charts, quickly leading to publishing and licensing deals to the likes of MTV, Comedy Central, ABC, Bighouse Publishing and Sony Classic Films. Gast is also a composer and performer for all 5 seasons of FX Network’s multi Emmy Award winning hit series Louie.
Maxfield has performed internationally in venues and festivals including New York’s Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Austin’s SXSW Festival, Bluesfest in Ottawa, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Hultsfred Festival in Stockholm, Verizon Hall in Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, the Academy of Music and many other jazz festivals across the nation. Gast has worked with a wide variety of artists including Grammy Award winning band Cage the Elephant, Reggie Watts, multi Grammy winner Dana Leong, Bikithi Kumalo (Paul Simon), Louis CK, Grammy Award winner Scot Sax, Tri-state Indie Award-winning bands Work Drugs and Aaron & the Spell, American Music Award winning band The Bomb Squad, PEW Grant finalist Keith DeStefano and Puzzlebox, Grammy nominated Jeremy Grenhart and Ryan Shaw, studio band SweetPro, Eric Wortham (Adelle and Seal), Dave Manley (Jill Scott), Rick Feds, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, Doodlebug of Digable Planets, Sharon Little, Tim Motzer, George Stanford, American Idol finalists Brenna Gethers and Nicole Tranquillo, as well as countless other local and national artists . Maxfield has shared the stage with jazz greats like Betty Carter, Christian McBride, Kenny Barron, Grover Washington Jr. and Pieces of a Dream, Jeff Lee Johnson, Rodney Green, Bilal, Orrin Evans, the late Edgar Bateman Jr. and Truth, Bobby Watson, Ronnie Burrage and Band Burrage, Derek Hodge, Bootsie Barnes, Charlie Ellerbe and many other jazz artists across the US and abroad.
Located on the Avenue of the Arts in downtown Philadelphia, Maxfield is a musical accompanist at the University of the Arts School of Dance. At Uarts, Gast works directly with the dance instructors to develop and perform a live soundtracks for the dance class curriculum. Using a variety of instruments like percussion, EWI (electronic wind instrument), piano and saxophone, Gast creates a musical backdrop driven by improvisation and score/compositional development pairing with choreography. Class genres include modern and jazz dance, Horton, Graham, tap and improvisation. Gast has collaborated and performed with a variety of dance companies like Raphael Xavier & Olive Dance Theatre, Group Motion and Curt Haworth Movement, merging music and choreography for live performances both locally and across the nation.
Gast is a strong advocate for the Arts and with a degree in Music from Temple University, he teaches regularly in solo, small, and large group settings. Maxfield has been affiliated with the Philadelphia Community Arts Network, Limelight Performing Arts Center, Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz, and Temple University with students studies ranging from saxophone and other woodwinds to music production, audio engineering, composition, and music theory.
Production with Militia Hill
Founded in 2009 by Maxfield Gast, Militia Hill is a music production agency and record label located in the Philadelphia area. Its mission with production is to bring remarkable focus, clarity and originality to custom compositions as well as mixing, editing and voice over for radio, television and the big screen. As a record label, Militia Hill has hosted numerous full length albums, EPs and singles featuring a variety of local and national artists. Affiliations through the years have included Illadel Allstars, David Stoller and Samurai Hotel, Big House Publishing, Yessian Music, FX Network, Broad Street Pictures, Sony Classics, Mangos Inc, NPR (National Public Radio) and MTV.