Czech-born jazz great George Mraz dies at 77

The great Czech-born jazz musician George Mraz has died at the age of 77. Mraz, who lived for over 50 years in the United States, was one of the most sought after double bass players in the genre and by his own reckoning appeared on over 1,000 albums.

Born Jiří Mráz in Písek in 1944, he played alongside many of the top names in jazz, including Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Mingus, Stan Getz and Tommy Flanagan.

Author: Ian Willoughby