Max Moran is a Louisiana born musician and composer who has become a first-call bassist across several genres in New Orleans’ thriving music scene. Known for his versatility on electric bass, upright bass, and synthesizer, Moran provides a solid, soulful foundation to a number of classic and progressive bands. Performing since the age of thirteen, Max Moran spent over ten years as the bassist of jazz master Donald Harrison and has also shared the stage with artists such as Davell Crawford, Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Bernie Worrell (Parliament/ Funkadelic), and Grammy nominees Christian Scott and Jamison Ross.
His band, Neospectric features a rotating cast of over a dozen of New Orleans' most exciting and virtuosic young instrumentalists whose collective sideman credits include Jonathan Batiste, Big Sam's Funky Nation, and Solange.
Moran also co-leads the award winning Bridge Trio along with drummer, Joe Dyson and pianist, Conun Pappas. The Bridge Trio has performed at prestigious venues such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, has released two self-produced albums, and has received awards from National Public Radio.
As a student of mentors Donald Harrison and Alvin Battiste, and as a full scholarship student at the Berklee College of Music, Moran has gained an understanding that allows him to excel in a diverse array of musical settings with creativity and stylistic authenticity. Moran has also studied with Pulitzer nominated composer and educator, Roger Dickerson, whose former students include Jay Weigel and Terrance Blanchard. Having honed his composing skills under the tutelage of Dickerson, Moran has scored award winning short films, podcasts and commercials, some of which have been featured in national film festivals and on PBS and other networks.