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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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  • Randy Potter

    Randy Potter Syracuse, New York

    I knew Dave through the blues circuit. Besides the fact that he was a fantastic musician, he was an extremely cool dude. Right now I' m listening to Ronnie Earl's tribute album to him, Maxwell Street. Great album! I think that it would have made him proud. I miss Dave and his phenomenal talent. He was a consumate bluesman.

    I knew Dave through the blues circuit. Besides the fact that he was a fantastic musician, he was an extremely cool dude. Right now I' m listening to Ronnie Earl's tribute album to him, Maxwell Street. Great album! I think that it would have made him proud. I miss Dave and his phenomenal talent. He was a consumate bluesman.

  • Steve Tessier

    Steve Tessier jamaica plain maD

    David was a friend for many years. We spent Alot of time together. His humor was as outstanding. As his musicianship. His voice resonates inside me. Remembering things he told me. It was a privilege to know him.To enjoy the pleasure of his company.

    David was a friend for many years. We spent Alot of time together. His humor was as outstanding. As his musicianship. His voice resonates inside me. Remembering things he told me. It was a privilege to know him.To enjoy the pleasure of his company.

  • David Maxwell

    David Maxwell Utah

    We share the same name, and I am also a musician. Sorry to hear of his passing.

    We share the same name, and I am also a musician. Sorry to hear of his passing.

  • Rebecca Davis

    Rebecca Davis Up Country

    In 1998, David Maxwell was very helpful in my research for "Blind Owl Blues", the biography of his old friend Alan Wilson from Canned Heat. His stories from Alan's teenage years, and musical insights, added a lot to the story. Sad to hear of David's passing; he and the Blind Owl are no doubt boogieing together in the heavenly realms!

    In 1998, David Maxwell was very helpful in my research for "Blind Owl Blues", the biography of his old friend Alan Wilson from Canned Heat. His stories from Alan's teenage years, and musical insights, added a lot to the story. Sad to hear of David's passing; he and the Blind Owl are no doubt boogieing together in the heavenly realms!

  • Peter Henderson

    Peter Henderson Charlottesville, Virginia

    Heard him on a Freddie King video and he was so amazing I had to Google him. Sorry he's passed, but he played with the best and had their respect.

    Heard him on a Freddie King video and he was so amazing I had to Google him. Sorry he's passed, but he played with the best and had their respect.

  • Frank Zitoli

    Frank Zitoli Millis, Ma

    David was one of the greats. I was lucky to see him perform many times and he was just a nice man. Very humble for a man with so much talent. My heartfelt condolences. Rest in peace my friend.

    David was one of the greats. I was lucky to see him perform many times and he was just a nice man. Very humble for a man with so much talent. My heartfelt condolences. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Peter Stinchfield

    Peter Stinchfield Reading,Ma.

    I consider it an Honor & a blessing to have known David. We were both in Arlington at the time when I called Him for Piano lessons. When I shook His Hand He almost "broke mine" ! He let me Jam Harmonica with Him and I knew I was in the presence of "Greatness." A Big Man with a Big Heart. To David's family I "Guarantee " you He is playing with Freddie King again. There is Music in Heaven ! Best Always > I Love You Peter Stinchfield

    I consider it an Honor & a blessing to have known David. We were both in Arlington at the time when I called Him for Piano lessons. When I shook His Hand He almost "broke mine" ! He let me Jam Harmonica with Him and I knew I was in the presence of "Greatness." A Big Man with a Big Heart. To David's family I "Guarantee " you He is playing with Freddie King again. There is Music in Heaven ! Best Always > I Love You Peter Stinchfield

  • Michael Simon

    Michael Simon Chestnut Hill MA

    A great loss to the world. A really great sensitive human being. I always felt so honored to hear him play and to talk with him in the 60's about the meaning of life. A really sensitive, talented gentle soul. My most heartfelt condolences.

    A great loss to the world. A really great sensitive human being. I always felt so honored to hear him play and to talk with him in the 60's about the meaning of life. A really sensitive, talented gentle soul. My most heartfelt condolences.

  • Charles Despres

    Charles Despres Nancy, France

    I am saddened to find out the bad news. My band and I opened the show for David in May 2003 in Amneville, France. He played with Nico Wayne Toussaint on that gig. David's playing blew me away!

    I am saddened to find out the bad news. My band and I opened the show for David in May 2003 in Amneville, France. He played with Nico Wayne Toussaint on that gig. David's playing blew me away!

  • 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.