George Mraz

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Mraz (center) performing with Emil Viklicky (piano) and Billy Hart (drums). Viklicky Mraz Hart SpertusMuseum.jpg
Mraz (center) performing with Emil Viklický (piano) and Billy Hart (drums).

George Mraz (born Jiří Mráz on 9 September 1944 in Písek, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, now Czech Republic) is a jazz bassist and alto saxophonist. He was a member of Oscar Peterson's group, and has worked with Pepper Adams, Stan Getz, Michel Petrucciani, Stephane Grappelli, Tommy Flanagan, Jimmy Raney, Chet Baker, Joe Henderson, John Abercrombie, John Scofield, Richie Beirach and many other important jazz musicians.

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During the 1970s he was a member of the New York Jazz Quartet and The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, and in the 1980s a member of Quest. [1] He has also appeared with Joe Lovano, Hank Jones and Paul Motian on Lovano's records I'm All For You and Joyous Encounter . Mraz is also known for performing solos with a bow in arco style, similar to that of Paul Chambers.[ citation needed ]

Discography

George Mraz at Exxon Park, NYC 7/7/83 with the Tommy Flanagan Trio, Vernell Fournier, drums. George Mraz.jpg
George Mraz at Exxon Park, NYC 7/7/83 with the Tommy Flanagan Trio, Vernell Fournier, drums.

As leader/co-leader

With the New York Jazz Quartet

As sideman

With Pepper Adams

With John Abercrombie

With Toshiko Akiyoshi

With Eric Alexander

With Chet Baker

With Kenny Barron

With Richie Beirach

With Dee Dee Bridgewater

With Bob Brookmeyer

With Kenny Burrell

With George Cables

With Benny Carter

With Arnett Cobb

With Larry Coryell

With Kenny Drew

With Yelena Eckemoff featuring Mark Turner, Joe Locke & Billy Hart

With Jon Faddis

With Art Farmer

With Tommy Flanagan

With Stan Getz

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Urbie Green

With Jim Hall

With Sir Roland Hanna

With Jaroslav Jakubovič

With Elvin Jones

With Fred Lipsius

With Keystone Trio

With Jimmy Knepper

With Steve Kuhn

With Andy LaVerne and Al Foster

With John Lewis

With Joe Lovano

With Warne Marsh

With Greg Marvin

With Carmen McRae

With Charles Mingus

With Tete Montoliu

With Mike Nock

With Oscar Peterson

With Art Pepper

With Michel Petrucciani & Stephane Grappelli

With Quest

With Jimmy Raney

With John Scofield

With Zoot Sims

With The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra

With McCoy Tyner

With Mal Waldron

With Larry Willis

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