|Tags:||jazz bass folk latin upright bass|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Jírí Mraz, 9 September 1944, Písek, Czechoslovakia. A gifted musician as a child, Mraz studied formally at the music conservatory in Prague. Although skilled on several instruments, he settled eventually on the bass. He worked in his homeland and in Germany, then in 1968 emigrated to the USA. He entered Berklee College Of Music for further studies, after which he played with Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson and other leading jazzmen. In New York in the mid-70s he became a member of the Thad Jones - Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra and also recorded with Stan Getz, Pepper Adams, Zoot Sims, Charles Mingus, Stéphane Grappelli and in duos with Walter Norris and his fellow Jones-Lewis rhythm section-mate, Sir Roland Hanna. Towards the end of the decade he worked with the New York Jazz Quartet and with John Abercrombie. By the 80s, Mraz, who became an American citizen in 1973, was established as a major force among jazz bass players. Constantly in...