intimate blues and beyond
solo piano

Cozy on up to piano great David Maxwell in the intimate setting of the Lily Pad onWednesday, December 3rd, from 8:00 to 10:00 pm (2 sets)Settle in with a craft beer or a fine wine, and let the blues and beyond wash all over you.

The Lily Pad is the home of a beautiful Kawaii grand piano, establishing a perfect setting for soloist Maxwell to stretch out on whatever strikes his fancy, be it the blues, boogie woogie, and gospel during the first set, and moving on in the second set to jazz and sudden bursts of improv into the beyond. A surprise guest performer or two just may join in on the spur of the moment.

The Lily Pad is located at 1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge 02139. Requested donation for the 2 sets is $10. For more info., visit www.lilypadinman.com or call (617) 955-7729.

Following David Maxwell‘s set, stick around to hear jazz piano man Gill Aharon and his trio, who will keep the evening’s grooves rolling from 10:30 pm on.

Further background information on David Maxwell:

David Maxwell has amassed an enormous resume throughout the years playing piano with some of the greatest and well-known musicians in the blues. Maxwell plays many styles of blues, jazz and improvised music, but he is best known for his soulful virtuosity and unmatched ability to reach the heart of post-war Chicago Blues. He is often compared to the great blues pianist Otis Spann (of the Muddy Waters band), for his ability to resurrect the spirit and sound of the master of post-war Chicago Blues Piano. But Maxwellis no mere imitation. He has created a style and sound uniquely his own. His diverse experience, technical virtuosity, sense of timing and rhythm, and ability to complement other band members has earned Maxwell a reputation as one of the finest blues pianists alive.

Maxwell took part in James Cotton’s 1997 Grammy winning album “Deep In The Blues” and also contributed a solo piano piece to a Fred MacDowell tribute album that was nominated for a Grammy. Maxwell has 14 WC Handy Blues Music Award nominations. His album “You Got To Move,” featuring the late Louisiana Red, won the 2011Acoustic Album of the Year BMA award, and in 2012, his CD “Conversations in Blue,” a collaboration with one of Otis Spann’s records, won the same award. His other nominations were for the “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year.” Maxwell has played with many of the greats including John Lee Hooker, Freddie King, Bonnie Raitt, James Cotton, Otis Rush, Hubert Sumlin, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Rodgers, Charley Musselwhite, Johnny Adams and Ronnie Earl; and gigs with Muddy Waters (replacing the ailing Otis Spann one night), The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Levon Helm, Jimmy Witherspoon, Lowell Fulsom, Junior Wells and many others. He has been involved in dozens of recording sessions and can be found playing keys on many blues albums that have been released over the last 40 years. Maxwell backed up Keith Richards and Eric Clapton for Hubert Sumlin’s CD “About Them Shoes” released in 2005. His latest album “Blues In Other Colors” (Blue Duchess) features the mohan veena player, Harry Manx and other musicians blending in Indian, Moroccan, Turkish and African influences with the blues. The album received high critical acclaim. www.davidmaxwell.com

one of the most amazing piano players I’ve ever heard!
(Bonnie Raitt)