Czech media are reporting the death at 77 of the iconic former Oscar Peterson bassist George Mraz who had lived in the US since 1968. The Budejcka Drbna website reports that Camilla, Mraz's wife, confirmed the sad news on social media. Mraz, who had suffered considerable health problems in recent years, had a stellar jazz career.
In addition to his own records he appeared on many acclaimed records with a range of leaders, including on Dee Dee Bridgewater 1970s classic Afro Blue, John Abercrombie's M, Toshiko Akiyoshi's Time Stream and Joe Lovano's I'm All For You. Born Jiří Mráz in what was then Czechoslovakia the bassist also worked with Pepper Adams, Stan Getz, McCoy Tyner and many others at the very highest level.