Maximum Love
 
It is with bruised heart that we acknowledge the passing of our great
friend and unequalled inspiration, David Maxwell. While many of you

know David chiefly as one of the finest practitioners of
Post-War Chicago blues, he was just as engaging off stage as he was on
it. And while he performed with fellow luminaries such as the great
Otis Spann — the pianist to whom David is most often linked— and had
his praises sung by a Who’s Who chorus, everyone from John Lee Hooker
to Junior Wells and Otis Rush, David was exceedingly humble and
genuinely shrugged off any thoughts of seeking the attention his
genius warranted. It was, thus, perfectly in character for David to
choose to keep his diagnosis of cancer private. He undoubtedly didn’t
want anyone fussing over him, even though he had to give up that
notion the minute anybody ever heard his fingers dance across the 88s
with his unabashed energy, grace and dexterity.
This is surely where David would self-effacingly rebuke us with some
of his legendary dry wit. And because we hear you, David, we will call
upon some of your most eloquent New Orleans jazz stylings and remind
everybody to form a second line and get this jazz funeral kicked into
high gear. David Maxwell’s fingers may been quieted, but his joyous
music is a celebration that will live on. So, cue up those records,
and let’s boogie woogie and raise a toast to our friend.
Your mastery still tickles us, David, and don’t even try to shrug it off!
—Nate Dow, Boston Herald
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Prior to his passing, David was nominated for a 2015 Blues Music Award for
Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year. 
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  • Larry Katz

    Larry Katz Cambridge, MA

    After knowing David for more than a decade, I finally got a chance to write a story about him for the the Boston Herald in 1997. Here is the transcript of the interview: http://thekatztapes.com/david-maxwell/
    After knowing David for more than a decade, I finally got a chance to write a story about him for the the Boston Herald in 1997. Here is the transcript of the interview: http://thekatztapes.com/david-maxwell/
  • Jack Vaughan

    Jack Vaughan Boston

    I got to know David through my work with Sunnyland Slim. I'd like to say David was a beautiful guy and consummate musician in exponential proportions. Slim loved it every time David showed up - he knew where the sou food was! But, more, seriously he know David Maxwell was a kindred blues spirit and what Slim would call 'a Bible person' - someone who cared. Let me just put down a line here by Big Maceo: Winter time is comin', Gettin' colder every day. - Jack Vaughan
    I got to know David through my work with Sunnyland Slim. I'd like to say David was a beautiful guy and consummate musician in exponential proportions. Slim loved it every time David showed up - he knew where the sou food was! But, more, seriously he know David Maxwell was a kindred blues spirit and what Slim would call 'a Bible person' - someone who cared. Let me just put down a line here by Big Maceo: Winter time is comin',
    Gettin' colder every day. - Jack Vaughan
  • Alex Beram

    Alex Beram Boston

    I got to know David over three years while I was running the Regattabar and he was one of my favorite people I had the pleasure of getting to know. So sad to hear of his passing. He was kind and considerate, humble, and as much as any musician in the area, came out to hear other players all the time. Loved hearing him play - we really lost a great one. Rest in Peace my brother.
    I got to know David over three years while I was running the Regattabar and he was one of my favorite people I had the pleasure of getting to know. So sad to hear of his passing. He was kind and considerate, humble, and as much as any musician in the area, came out to hear other players all the time. Loved hearing him play - we really lost a great one. Rest in Peace my brother.
  • Fred Crane

    Fred Crane Boston

    I met David years ago at a party in Cambridge. I was there with my soon to be x wife. We were in the middle of things. I was like a gutted fish walking around the place. I don't recall what he said, but I do recall that he made me laugh when there wasn't one in me that I could see. He managed to pull off the same trick whenever I would bump into him in the coming years. Quite a guy. Some people just take up a lot of spiritual space. He seemed to be one of those. You're missed David.
    I met David years ago at a party in Cambridge. I was there with my soon to be x wife. We were in the middle of things. I was like a gutted fish walking around the place. I don't recall what he said, but I do recall that he made me laugh when there wasn't one in me that I could see. He managed to pull off the same trick whenever I would bump into him in the coming years. Quite a guy. Some people just take up a lot of spiritual space. He seemed to be one of those. You're missed David.
  • Tony O Melio

    Tony O Melio New York City

    I just heard and send my sincere feelings to the Maxwell family, Judy and everyone. I have performed with Dave many times in NYC, USVI, and other places, he was truly a great Blues legend and nice person, last time that I performed with Dave was at BB Kings in Times Square for Pinetop's memorial show, was also the last time that I seen Willie Smith & Hubert Sumlin as well. I treasure those times of greatness, and beautiful humble souls.
    I just heard and send my sincere feelings to the Maxwell family, Judy and everyone. I have performed with Dave many times in NYC, USVI, and other places, he was truly a great Blues legend and nice person, last time that I performed with Dave was at BB Kings in Times Square for Pinetop's memorial show, was also the last time that I seen Willie Smith & Hubert Sumlin as well. I treasure those times of greatness, and beautiful humble souls.
  • Michael Angelo James

    Michael Angelo James Jamaica Queens, NY

    Sadly, I just learned of David's passing and I want to send out my love and sincerest condolences to the Maxwell family. His sister Judy is a dear friend and jazz colleague and I want to send out a special prayer of comofort to her. David was truly an "unsung" gentle giant who humbly shared his musical gifts. Let us continue to promote his great artistry and his love for great music. Rest in Peace and Rest in Power, David.
    Sadly, I just learned of David's passing and I want to send out my love and sincerest condolences to the Maxwell family. His sister Judy is a dear friend and jazz colleague and I want to send out a special prayer of comofort to her. David was truly an "unsung" gentle giant who humbly shared his musical gifts. Let us continue to promote his great artistry and his love for great music. Rest in Peace and Rest in Power, David.
  • Mike Ojemann

    Mike Ojemann Next Door Neihgbor in Concord

    Many warm spring evenings I would relax out in the back yard and listen to David practice; the intricate and mesmerizing tones drifting over the trees and out into the wildlife refuge that our properties touch. I often wondered if there could be any better jazz pianist on the planet and if the animals could resonate with the complex chords and movements. My guess is that come this spring there will be many who sense a void and will forever long for the music that was such a beautiful part of our world.
    Many warm spring evenings I would relax out in the back yard and listen to David practice; the intricate and mesmerizing tones drifting over the trees and out into the wildlife refuge that our properties touch. I often wondered if there could be any better jazz pianist on the planet and if the animals could resonate with the complex chords and movements. My guess is that come this spring there will be many who sense a void and will forever long for the music that was such a beautiful part of our world.
  • Scott M.

    Scott M.

    Just read this terrible news in the Globe. My heart goes out to Mr. Maxwell's family and fellow musicians. Gladly, I just discovered this amazing musician and caught his show at the Lilypad in early December last year. His playing was truly astounding. He could play seemingly anything on a piano, starting with blues and boogie, some jazz tunes, then went into what he called his "favorite genre of music" when the trio launched into free improv. The whole show was one of the most riveting performances on a piano I have ever witnessed & told everyone I knew about it. The only thing I can say is to mirror his gratitude spoken at the end of his tribute to Otis Spann: "Thank you David, thank you David, thank you David. May your spirit live."
    Just read this terrible news in the Globe. My heart goes out to Mr. Maxwell's family and fellow musicians. Gladly, I just discovered this amazing musician and caught his show at the Lilypad in early December last year. His playing was truly astounding. He could play seemingly anything on a piano, starting with blues and boogie, some jazz tunes, then went into what he called his "favorite genre of music" when the trio launched into free improv. The whole show was one of the most riveting performances on a piano I have ever witnessed & told everyone I knew about it. The only thing I can say is to mirror his gratitude spoken at the end of his tribute to Otis Spann: "Thank you David, thank you David, thank you David. May your spirit live."
  • David Earl

    David Earl Annapolis, MD

    Everyone at Severn Records joins with the entire blues community our most sincere condolences to David's family and friends. We are so thankful to have had the opportunity to capture his incredible playing.
    Everyone at Severn Records joins with the entire blues community our most sincere condolences to David's family and friends. We are so thankful to have had the opportunity to capture his incredible playing.
  • Barbara O'Brien

    Barbara O'Brien Levon Helm Studios - Woodstock, NY

    On behalf of everyone at Levon Helm Studios, our most sincere condolences to Dave's friends & family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May his music live on.
    On behalf of everyone at Levon Helm Studios, our most sincere condolences to Dave's friends & family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May his music live on.