Past Event

Intergenerational Jazz Jam

Co-hosted by pianist Eli Yamin and special guest special guest, Max Pollak and Rumba Tap featuring:

Max Pollak; vox, tap, body percussion, drums

Claudia Rahardjanoto; vox, tap, body percussion,

Livya Howard Yashar; vox, tap, body percussion

Samuel Torres; percussion

Carlos Maldonado; vibes

Ivan Renta; saxophone, flute

Max Pollak has received Flo-Bert and Hoofer Awards, a Bessie Award Nomination, Individual Artist Grant 
(N-Manhattan Arts Alliance), NYFA Fellowship in Choreography. A member of Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, 
Cuba’s famous Rumba ambassadors, he is a prestigious name on the international tap and world music scene. 
Critics and peers worldwide acknowledge his superior musicianship and his highly individual style called 
“RumbaTap” - a pioneering blend of Afro-Cuban song and dance with American tap and body music. His 
innovative a cappella vocal arrangements received critical praise in the NY Times. Originator of Cuba’s 
first tap festival, he has been teaching and performing there since 1998. Among others he worked with 
Cuba’s top Rumba groups, Chucho Valdés, Lila Downs, Ray Brown, Phil Woods, Paquito D’Rivera, Danilo 
Perez, shared the stage with Ann Miller, Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury, Gregory Hines, James Earl Jones, 
Carl Reiner and Chita Rivera. He is recognized for making classical music more accessible, playing in 
prestigious venues and festivals in Austria, Germany, France, Canada, the US and Cuba. He has performed 
as soloist with members of the Vienna, Berlin and New York Philharmonic, London and Montreal Symphony, 
St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra, Les Violons Du Roy, Orchestre Nouvelle Generation, Composer’s Concerdance 
and more. For such occasions, many internationally acclaimed composers have written orchestral works with 
tap/percussion parts expressly for Pollak. He is also a recording artist, published writer and on faculty 
at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.

Through education and performance, Jazz Power Initiative transforms lives by fostering leadership, diversity,
 teamwork and self expression through jazz music, theatre, and dance. Co-founded by Eli Yamin in 2003 as a 
non profit 501 (c) (3) organization, Jazz Power Initiative (JPI) currently serves over 300 youth ages 10-20 
from Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood in its uptown and scholarship based youth programs and offers a 
free training institute for artists and teachers teaching jazz each summer at Lehman College in the Bronx. 
In addition, Jazz Power Initiative produces 15-20 community concerts each year including the popular series, 
Intergenerational Jazz Jam at National Jazz Museum in Harlem.