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.
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. [ citation needed ]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.
With the New York Jazz Quartet
With Pepper Adams
With John Abercrombie
With Toshiko Akiyoshi
With Eric Alexander
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 Mike Nock
With Oscar Peterson
With Art Pepper
With Michel Petrucciani & Stephane Grappelli
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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