||"George always plays the exact right note you want to hear, and he plays the bass as though he invented it."
"Even when he's doing nothing more than walking four to the bar, his choice of notes is so perfect, it's like he's telling a little story in back of the soloist,"
Producer, owner of Keystone Keystone Korner ,1972-1983 and Artistic programmer at Jazz at Lincoln Center, 2001-2012
"George and Camilla Mraz, with Anthony Pinciotti, bring forth an expression of unique artistry, in a concert that combines the trio’s own compositions with a demonstration of live film scoring."
Andrei Cherascu, The Music and Myth
George Mraz has been a greatly in-demand bassist for straight-ahead dates ever since he emigrated to the United States in 1968. He studied bass at the Prague Conservatory as well as Berklee and toured with Oscar Peterson (1970-1972). After moving to New York, Mraz became a member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra (1973-1976), worked with Stan Getz (1974-1975)
He also has lead his own quartet with pianist Richie Beirach, drummer Billy Hart and the lyrically riveting tenor man Rich Perry as well as a trio without piano with Perry and Joey Baron and another quartet, adding David Hazeltine on piano.
George's current project is a trio with pianist Camilla Mraz and drummer Anthony Pincotti.
Thorughout his career Mraz has recorded and worked with with Joe Henderson, Hank Jones, Directions In Music with Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano and Hank Jones Quartet, Manhattan Trinity, Oscar Peterson, Tommy Flanagan, Roland Hanna, Hank Jones, Charles Mingus, NYJQ, Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman, Toshiko Akioshi, Kenny Drew, Barry Harris, Richie Beirach, Jimmy Smith, Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Pepper Adams, Art Pepper, Phil Woods, Grover Washington Jr., Archie Shepp, Dave Leibman, Jim Hall, John Abercrombie, Kenny Burrell, Larry Coryell, Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker and many others.
His albums as a leader include: "Catching Up" on Alfa Records Jazz", My Foolish Heart, Bottom Lines, Duke’s Place and Morava, all on Milestone Records. Other releases include The George Maraz Quartet Jazz at Prague Castle on Multisonic (2012) and The George Mraz and David Hazeltine Trio Your Story on Cube-Metier.
In 2009, George received the Czech Republic Lifetime Achievement Award.
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