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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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  • Ed T Bond

    Ed T Bond Lexington MA

    It’s comforting to read all these wonderful and heartfelt remembrances of David. His memory will live on. His tremendous abilities are matched inversely by his humility. Only when he sat down at the piano bench and stretched out those long fingers…and that left hand started to move…then you knew you were in the presence of greatness.
    It’s comforting to read all these wonderful and heartfelt remembrances of David. His memory will live on. His tremendous abilities are matched inversely by his humility. Only when he sat down at the piano bench and stretched out those long fingers…and that left hand started to move…then you knew you were in the presence of greatness.
  • Charles Brehm

    Charles Brehm Lewisberry, Pa

    I was honored to know David. He was unique and his talent measureless.
    I was honored to know David. He was unique and his talent measureless.
  • Noel Casey's 'After Midnight…' show on 103.2 Dublin City FM.

    Noel Casey's 'After Midnight…' show on 103.2 Dublin City FM. Dublin,Ireland.

    Our thoughts are with David's family & friends on this very sad occasion.We will continue to keep David's spirit alive by spinning his wonderful music. Condolences from the show and our listeners ….
    Our thoughts are with David's family & friends on this very sad occasion.We will continue to keep David's spirit alive by spinning his wonderful music.
    Condolences from the show and our listeners ….
  • Chet Bell

    Chet Bell Louisville,KY

    Spoke with Dave on 2 occasions. Back in the 70's when I was living in Cambridge, and again when I was sent to pick him up and bring him to a Jimmy Rogers gig that he flew into Louisville to play. He was a very knowledgeable and sincere person as well as excellent musician. He will be missed.
    Spoke with Dave on 2 occasions. Back in the 70's when I was living in Cambridge, and again when I was sent to pick him up and bring him to a Jimmy Rogers gig that he flew into Louisville to play. He was a very knowledgeable and sincere person as well as excellent musician. He will be missed.
  • 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.