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Bob Maize: 1945-2004
Bob Maize
bass

Born: January 15, 1945 in San Diego, CA
Died: November 20, 2004 in Los Angeles, CA

West Coast bassist on Concord Jazz albums

by Todd S. Jenkins
Copyright © 2004 Todd S. Jenkins

Bassist Bob Maize was a reliable fixture of the West Coast jazz scene since the early 1960s, supporting great bebop players with his ever-reliable pulse. On November 20, 2004, Maize died of heart failure while cleaning his pool. He was 59 years old.

Maize began his career as a professional bassist at the young age of thirteen, having studied bass and piano as a child. In 1963 he went to San Francisco, where he backed artists like Anita O'Day, Mose Allison and Monty Alexander in the house bands of clubs like Bop City and Soulville. After moving to Los Angeles in the early 1970s he joined the Concord Jazz stable, during which time he supported Scott Hamilton, Dave McKenna, Emily Remler, Richie Cole, Tal Farlow and singer Mark Winkler.

After a brief stint with the Capp-Pierce Juggernaut, Maize joined Horace Silver's band at a time when the pianist was exploring spiritual issues through music. From the late 1980s he was a member of vibraphonist Charlie Shoemake's trio, also working with pianist Jon Mayer, Mel Torme, Boots Randolph, Stacy Rowles and Lanny Morgan. In 2003 he appeared on Silver's "Rockin' with Rachmaninoff", and in 2004 he helped honor Gerald Wiggins on the occasion of Wig's eightieth birthday.


Todd S. Jenkins
Todd S. Jenkins is a member of the JJA, author of Free Jazz and Free Improvisation: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press, 2004) and I Know What I Know: The Music of Charles Mingus (Praeger, 2006), and a contributor to Down Beat, All About Jazz, American Songwriter and Route 66 Magazine.

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With 1 reader comment, posted February 24, 2007