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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, February 2015
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  • Howling Dick

    Howling Dick UK

    Like Ian McKenzie, I am a blues Dj based in the UK also a great fan of Davids work which has featured on my show. I try and pay tribute to him on this weeks episode but my words cannot do justice to the mans music. RIP

    Like Ian McKenzie, I am a blues Dj based in the UK also a great fan of Davids work which has featured on my show. I try and pay tribute to him on this weeks episode but my words cannot do justice to the mans music. RIP

  • Wendy

    Wendy San Francisco

    David was engulfed in music and his knowledge and skill were wide ranging. A brightly burning light full of compassion, talent, and wit, he will be sorely missed. His gifts will live on in the many he inspired, and the many who will continue to be inspired by his large body of recorded work. Today we sing the blues.

    David was engulfed in music and his knowledge and skill were wide ranging. A brightly burning light full of compassion, talent, and wit, he will be sorely missed. His gifts will live on in the many he inspired, and the many who will continue to be inspired by his large body of recorded work. Today we sing the blues.

  • Frank De Simone

    Frank De Simone Framingham

    David was a good man with a good heart. I am sad that he is gone.

    David was a good man with a good heart. I am sad that he is gone.

  • Lou Erlanger

    Lou Erlanger Brattleboro, VT

    I just found out. I'm very sorry to hear this. I first met Dave at least 35 years ago through Paul Oscher, and have run into him at all kinds of blues shows and events over the years. He came on my radio show when he appeared here w Louisiana Red a number of years ago. He had a good sense of humor and I just assumed I'd run into him forever. My condolences to his family.

    I just found out. I'm very sorry to hear this. I first met Dave at least 35 years ago through Paul Oscher, and have run into him at all kinds of blues shows and events over the years. He came on my radio show when he appeared here w Louisiana Red a number of years ago. He had a good sense of humor and I just assumed I'd run into him forever. My condolences to his family.

  • Ian McKenzie

    Ian McKenzie England

    I am a blues DJ in the UK. I feature piano tracks on my shows and have frequently Included David. I have included in my shows both David's own solo work and (frequently) the magnificent mixing, arranging and enhancing of tracks from Otis Spann Is The Blues on the award winning album Conversations In Blue. David was a massive talent and will be sadly missed but I suspect that in 4o years time people will still be listing to David's work. RIP.

    I am a blues DJ in the UK. I feature piano tracks on my shows and have frequently Included David. I have included in my shows both David's own solo work and (frequently) the magnificent mixing, arranging and enhancing of tracks from Otis Spann Is The Blues on the award winning album Conversations In Blue. David was a massive talent and will be sadly missed but I suspect that in 4o years time people will still be listing to David's work. RIP.

  • Tall Richard Roquemore

    Tall Richard Roquemore Plymouth, Ma

    I have watched and been awe struck by David's piano playing since the early 80's.. I once commented to another musician that he was the Pinetop Perkins of our generation. Sometimes he played so fast I had trouble seeing his fingers and at other times he played such low down, soulful blues that it almost tore my heart out. I got to work with him one time for a night down on Cape Cod for a private function that I hired him for and it was a highlight evening in my career. I am going to really miss hearing Dave and his loss is huge for the Blues community. A real gentleman..

    I have watched and been awe struck by David's piano playing since the early 80's.. I once commented to another musician that he was the Pinetop Perkins of our generation. Sometimes he played so fast I had trouble seeing his fingers and at other times he played such low down, soulful blues that it almost tore my heart out. I got to work with him one time for a night down on Cape Cod for a private function that I hired him for and it was a highlight evening in my career. I am going to really miss hearing Dave and his loss is huge for the Blues community. A real gentleman..

  • Matt Wellendorf

    Matt Wellendorf Des Moines, Iowa

    I had the chance to chat with David a few years ago after a gig he was playing here with James Cotton. I love watching the video's from the Freddie King years. Sad news indeed...My thoughts are with David's friends and family.

    I had the chance to chat with David a few years ago after a gig he was playing here with James Cotton. I love watching the video's from the Freddie King years. Sad news indeed...My thoughts are with David's friends and family.