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"Hit it, Max."
―Garsa Fwip cues Rebo[5]

Max Rebo was a male Ortolan from Orto and a popular Jizz-wailer musician who led the Max Rebo Band. He mainly played the red ball jett organ, which he played with his feet; he and his band often performed for criminals and gangsters.


Early life[]

Max Rebo was born[1] on the cold planet[6] of Orto. At some point Rebo formed a band, called the Max Rebo Band, which would go on to perform[1] Jizz-style music[7] for crime lord Jabba the Hutt.[1] Rebo also had a brother named Azool Phantelle.[8]

Mistaken identity[]

"We're doomed! Jabba will surely throw us to the sarlacc when he finds my brother has been stealing on his turf!"
―Max Rebo, to Azool Phantelle[8]

Rebo and Azool make their escape from the pursuers.

At some point, Azool swindled several of the inhabitants of the spaceport Mos Eisley on the planet Tatooine. The victims mistook Rebo for Azool and began chasing the musician. Rebo then collided with two Imperial stormtroopers while fleeing toward Chalmun's Spaceport Cantina. Before the troopers could punish him for the collision, Azool spotted Rebo while passing on a speeder bike and pulled his brother out of harm's way and onto the bike.[8]

As the pair sped away from the angry stormtroopers and locals, Rebo admonished Azool for his life of crime. He fretted that Jabba the Hutt, who employed Rebo, would punish both brothers for Azool's crimes, as they had taken place within the crime lord's territory. Unconcerned, Azool avoided a missile fired by Boushh, but then Rebo stopped the chase by grabbing Azool's bag of stolen funds and throwing the contents out to those chasing them.[8] Rebo and Azool then got out of the speeder, with Azool saddened when he watched his funds being taken away by the pursuers. Jabba the Hutt then came to both of them, asking Rebo what had occurred; when Rebo gave the excuse that Azool had been causing trouble on Jabba's territory, and Azool claimed he had not known that it was Jabba's territory. As a result, Jabba punished Azool by forcing him to be a waiter on the Khetanna.[8]

Performing for Jabba[]

Max Rebo (right) performing for Jabba the Hutt

In 4 ABY,[9] Rebo and his band performed for Jabba. While performing, they were interrupted by the scream of Jabba's slave dancer Oola as she was dropped into the Hutt's rancor pit below his throne room for defying him which interrupted the band's performance. Later, the band was present when Leia Organa entered the palace disguised as the bounty hunter Boushh. At night, several members of the band accompanied Jabba into hiding as Organa freed the smuggler Han Solo from carbonite.[3]

Max Rebo then traveled aboard Jabba's sail barge, the Khetanna, to the Great Pit of Carkoon, where Solo was to be executed. The Khetanna was destroyed by Solo and his associates, however, causing the sail barge to explode in flame all over the desert.[3] Rebo was able to survive the destruction.[4]

New Republic, new gig[]

Rebo played at the Sanctuary in Mos Espa during the New Republic Era.

By 9 ABY,[10] the Ortolan came to work in the Sanctuary, the cantina operated by the Twi'lek Garsa Fwip during the New Republic Era. At the sanctuary, he continued to play the red ball jett organ,[4] and he was present when the cantina was visited by the former bounty hunter and new Daimyo of Mos Espa Boba Fett on multiple occasions.[4][11] Rebo was joined by a guitar-strumming Bith and a drum-playing droid.[11] The Pyke Syndicate later bombed the Sanctuary.[12]

Behind the scenes[]

Max Rebo first appeared in the 1983 Star Wars film Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi.[3]


Non-canon appearances[]


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