George Mraz

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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.

He also appears 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 like Paul Chambers.

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]


As leader/co-leader[edit]

With the New York Jazz Quartet

As sideman[edit]

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

  • A Touch of Radiance (L & H Production, 2014)

With Michel Petrucciani & Stephane Grappelli

  • Flamingo (Dreyfus, 1996)

With Pepper Adams

  • Ephemera (Spotlite, 1973)
  • Julian (Enja, 1975)
  • Twelfth and Pingree (Enja, 1975)
  • Reflectory (Muse, 1978)
  • The Master (Muse, 1980)
  • Urban Dreams (Palo Alto, 1981)

With John Abercrombie

With John Scofield

With Toshiko Akiyoshi

With Richard Beirach

  • Elm (ECM, 1979)

With Quest

  • Quest (Trio/Palo Alto, 1981)

With Bob Brookmeyer

With Kenny Burrell

With Kenny Drew

With Jon Faddis and Billy Harper

With Art Farmer

With Tommy Flanagan

With Stan Getz

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Urbie Green

With Andy LaVerne and Al Foster

  • Time Well Spent (1994)

With Jaroslav Jakubovič

  • Coincidence (VMM Records, 2009)

With Elvin Jones

With Keystone Trio

  • Heart Beats (1996)[2]
  • Newklear Music: The Songs of Sonny Rollins (1997) [3]

With Steve Kuhn

With John Lewis (Atlantic, 2001)

  • evolution II

With Joe Lovano

With Charles Mingus

With Mike Nock

  • In Out and Around featuring Mike Brecker and Al Foster) (1979)

With Oscar Peterson

With Art Pepper

With the Jimmy Raney Trio

  • But Beautiful (Criss Cross Jazz, 1991)

With Zoot Sims

With The Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra

With McCoy Tyner

With Mal Waldron

With Benny Carter


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