Kick things up a notch this New Year's Eve with piano great David Maxwell, winner of the 2010 Blues Music Awards Acoustic Album of the Year Award, along with his Maximum Blues sidemen (Troy Gonyea on guitar, Jon Ross on bass, Per Hanson on drums) and special guests Brian Templeton (vocals, of Radio Kings) and Greg Piccolo (tenor sax, of Roomful of Blues and Jimmie Vaughan), ringing in 2012 in a blaze of bluesy glory.
"I don't think anybody could be tighter playing the blues on the piano than David Maxwell. He plays the blues like it should be played. He plays the low-down, dirty, funky blues. He's got it all together."
(John Lee Hooker)
Tickets: $60, includes champagne toast. For tickets and information: 617-395-7757, http://www.getshowtix.com/regattabar/index.shtml. The Charles Hotel is offering a special rate for ticket holders for December 31st and January 1st of $159 per room per night. The link for reservations is http://reservations.ihotelier.com/crs/indexpromo.cfm?hotelid=4332, using code NYE.
David Maxwell has amassed an enormous resume throughout the years playing piano with some of the greatest and well-known musicians in the blues. He 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. Through his work, he has gained the respect of artists, critics and fans and has established a reputation as one of the finest blues pianists alive.
Over the last decade, Maxwell has received over a half dozen WC Handy and Grammy nominations and a Grammy Award for recorded work, as well as Handy nominations for instrumental performance. He has played with many of the greats including tours with Freddie King, Bonnie Raitt, James Cotton, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Rodgers, Charley Musselwhite, Johnny Adams and Ronnie Earl; and gigs with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Levon Helm, Jimmy Witherspoon, Lowell Fulsom, Junior Wells and many others. He has been involved in well over fifty recording sessions and can be found playing keys on many blues albums that have been released over the last 25 years. He backed up Keith Richards and Eric Clapton for Hubert Sumlin's CD "About Them Shoes" released in 2005.
Maxwell’s music was used in the movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" and in the TV series "Touched By An Angel." He has performed on "Late Night With Conan O' Brien" and is on several videos playing with Freddie King in the early 70's (Rounder). His first CD as a leader "Maximum Blues Piano"(1997, Tonecool) received high critical acclaim.
Maxwell 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 Maxwell is 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 best keyboard players around.
David Maxwell was featured on "On Point," hosted by Anthony Brooks. Give it a listen at http://www.onpointradio.org/shows/2006/04/20060420_b_main.asp. For more information on David Maxwell go to http://www.davidmaxwell.com, http://www.myspace.com/maximummaxwellmusic and http://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Maxwell/29039162267.
"Dave has always been one of the most amazing piano players I've ever heard."