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Maxi Jazz in Rock im Park 2015 festival
|Birth name||Maxwell Fraser|
14 June 1957|
Brixton, London, England
|Genres||Electronica, trip hop, trance|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, rapper, singer-songwriter|
|Labels||Cheeky, Columbia, Namu Records, Savage Records|
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Maxi Jazz and the E-Type Boys
Maxwell Fraser (born 14 June 1957 in Brixton, London), better known by his stage name Maxi Jazz, is an English musician, rapper and singer-songwriter. He is best known as the lead vocalist of British band Faithless.
Hip hop beginnings
Jazz founded The Soul Food Cafe System as a DJ in 1984, having discovered hip hop a year earlier. He first aired the sound as a DJ calling it "In the Soul Kitchen with DJ Maxi Jazz" on pirate radio station Reach FM London in 1985/6. He transferred this sound to pirate radio station LWR in 1987.
In 1989, The Soul Food Cafe Band was picked up by Tam Tam Records, which is the dance wing of Savage Records. Jazz founded Namu Records in 1992 in order to release the band's material in the form of three EP's and the band toured as a support act to various artists, including Jamiroquai in Amsterdam; Soul II Soul in Barcelona; Galliano in Switzerland; and Jason Rebello in Brazil. In 1996, Maxi Jazz and the Soul Food Cafe recorded and released the album "Original Groovejuice vol.1" with Revco Records in Deptford, South London. After the band dissolved, Jazz worked throughout Europe, and took time out to collaborate with Jah Wobble on the Invaders of the Heart album, followed by live dates with the Wobble Collective.
Jazz met Rollo Armstrong in a studio and went on to form Faithless, together with Jamie Catto and Sister Bliss. As a Soka Gakkai Buddhist, his strong beliefs and the band's own strong individual beliefs, contrast with the name 'Faithless', which was chosen during the writing of the song "Salva Mea". Armstrong had asked Jazz to write a song about frustration, which was something to which Jazz could relate from his own experiences. The subject matter of Jazz's lyrics range from upbeat to melancholic. His work covers a range of personal and social issues, including current affairs and social commentary.
Maxi Jazz & The E-Type Boys
In 2015, he began fronting a newly assembled band of musicians named Maxi Jazz & The E-Type Boys. Jazz provides lead vocals and also plays guitar in the band. They have made a number of festival appearances, including some at the same events at which Faithless are billed.
Cars and racing
Jazz is very fond of cars and his collection was featured on Sky One's Vroom Vroom motoring show. He owns a Subaru Impreza P1, a Ford Escort Mk2 RS2000, a Ford Fiesta Zetec S, a Ford Sierra Cosworth and a Marcos LM500 R. He also owns a Nissan 350Z, which is referenced in the 2010 Faithless song Flyin' Hi.
Jazz founded Maxi Jazz Racing in 2000 when he asked Rae Claydon to enter him in the Ford Fiesta Championship for the 2000 season, but was only able to race occasionally due to his musical obligations.
On Sunday 9 December 2001, Jazz was involved in a serious car accident, causing several of Faithless's UK tour dates to be postponed. In 2005, he raced a Ginetta, and in 2006 and 2007 a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB.
In 2011, a portrait of Jazz was painted by British artist Joe Simpson; the painting was exhibited around the UK, including a solo exhibition at the Royal Albert Hall. The portrait was shortlisted for the 2011 BP Portrait Award and exhibited at The National Portrait Gallery.
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- 1992 "Summertime" (with Jason Rebello)
- 2006 "dance4life" (with Tiësto), No. 3 NL, No. 5 BEL, No. 10 FIN
- 2011 "Where the Heart Is" (with Benji Boko)
- 2012 "Tomorrow's Day" (with Trenton and Free Radical)
- "Hard to describe, great to listen to". Telegraph.co.uk. 21 January 1999.
- "Maxi Jazz Racing history".
- "Maxi Power Live". The Mail on Sunday. 8 April 2007. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
- "New Associate Director – Maxi Jazz". Crystal Palace F.C. 19 September 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
- "Musician Portraits – Joe Simpson's paintings of rock stars – NME". NME. 14 October 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
- "National Portrait Gallery – Exhibitor". www.npg.org.uk. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
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