Life and work
Maize had from the age of seven piano lessons and joined with thirteen years to double bass to play in his father's band. In 1963 he moved to San Francisco, where he played with musicians such as Sonny Stitt, Philly Joe Jones and Jon Hendricks, but also in a rock band. From 1972 he worked at Mose Allison, Jerome Richardson and Herb Ellis, 1975 Monty Alexander and 1976 he toured with Anita O'Day in Japan. For Concord Records, he contributed to recordings by Cal Collins, Jake Hanna, Dave McKenna, Scott Hamilton and the " Concord All Stars ". He also worked with Terry Gibbs, Buddy DeFranco and Ernestine Anderson. 1984/83 he was a member of the band of McCoy Tyner and has performed with Sarah Vaughan in Japan. He then worked as a studio musician in Los Angeles and in 1986 with Billy Eckstine and Ross Tompkins. Since 1988 he was a member of the trio of Charlie Shoemake, but also performed with pianist Jon Mayer, Mel Tormé, Boots Randolph, Stacy Rowles and Lanny Morgan. In 2003 he was involved in Silvers album Rockin 'with Rachmaninoff; In 2004, he honored Gerry Wiggins on the occasion of his 80th birthday. In addition, he recorded with musicians such as Woody Herman, Rosemary Clooney, Barney Kessel, Pepper Adams, Emily Remler, Al Cohn, Tal Farlow and Buddy Tate.
Maize died due to a heart condition, as he cleaned his swimming pool.
- Martin Kunzler, Jazz Encyclopedia Vol 2 Reinbek 2002; ISBN 3-499-16513-9