David Maxwell has amassed an enormous resume throughout the years playing piano with some of the greatest and well- known musicians in the blues. David plays many styles of blues, jazz and improvised music, but he is best known for his soulful virtuosity and unmatched ability to reach the heart of post-war Chicago Blues. Through his work, he has gained the respect of artists, critics and fans and has established a reputation as one of the finest blues pianists alive.
Maxwell took part in James Cotton's 1997 Grammy winning album "Deep In The Blues" and also contributed a solo piano piece to a Fred MacDowell tribute album that was nominated for a Grammy. David has 14 WC Handy Blues Music Award nominations. His album, "You Got To Move", featuring the late Louisiana Red, won the 2011Acoustic Album of the Year BMA award, and in 2012, his CD "Conversations in Blue", a collaboration with one of Otis Spann's records, won the same award. His other nominations were for the "Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year". David has played with many of the greats including John Lee Hooker, Freddie King, Bonnie Raitt, James Cotton, Otis Rush, Hubert Sumlin, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Rodgers, Charley Musselwhite, Johnny Adams and Ronnie Earl; and gigs with Muddy Waters (replacing the ailing Otis Spann one night), The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Levon Helm, Jimmy Witherspoon,Lowell Fulsom, Junior Wells and many others. He has been involved in dozens of recording sessions and can be found playing keys on many blues albums that have been released over the last 40 years. David backed up Keith Richards and Eric Clapton for Hubert Sumlin's CD "About Them Shoes" released in 2005. David's latest album "Blues In Other Colors" (Blue Duchess) features the mohan veena player, Harry Manx and other musicians blending in Indian, Moroccan,Turkish and African influences with the blues. The album received high critical acclaim.
David's music was used in the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" and in the TV series "Touched By An Angel". He has performed on "Late Night With Conan O' Brien" and is on several videos playing with Freddie King in the early 70's. (Rounder). David's first CD as a leader "Maximum Blues Piano"(1997, Tonecool) received high critical acclaim. His album, "Max Attack" (2005 95North Records), features guests James Cotton, Kim Wilson, Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard, Hubert Sumlin and Pinetop Perkins .
David has performed in major festivals, theaters and clubs in North America, Europe, Scandinavia, Morocco, Israel, and Japan, and keeps busy today playing, recording, and teaching (and nurturing his interests in jazz, ethnic and improvised music.)
Boogie Woogie and Blues Piano Festival
Scott Staton, Chase Garrett and David Maxwell.