2012 BMA winner "Acoustic Album of The Year" (Conversations in Blue)
Lifetime Blues Music Awards (WC Handy's): 13 nominations, 2 winners
"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
David Maxwell's Maximum Blues Band With Special Guest, Darrell Nulisch
Featuring: David Maxwell, keyboards
Troy Gonyea, guitar
Marty Ballou, bass
Per Hanson, drums
With Special Guest, Darrell Nulisch, vocals
David returns to the Regattabar with an all star Maximum Blues group that played at the Ottawa Blues Festival this past summer. Darrell Nulisch from the James Cotton Band is the special guest vocalist. Copies of Maxwell's brand new CD "Blues In Other Colors" will be available at the show.
David Maxwell has amassed an enormous resume throughout the years playing piano with some of the greatest and well- known musicians in the blues. David 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.
Maxwell took part in James Cotton's 1997 Grammy winning album "Deep In The Blues". He also has played on other albums nominated for Grammys, as well as many more that were nominated for WC Handy Blues Music Awards. David's album "You Got To Move", featuring Louisiana Red, won the 2010 Acoustic Album of the Year Blues Music Award. David has been nominated nine times for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year Award, as well. 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. David backed up Keith Richards and Eric Clapton for Hubert Sumlin's CD, "About Them Shoes" released in 2005.
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 finest blues pianists alive.