George Mraz appeal

A crowdfunding campaign with an $18000 target has been launched to help bassist George Mraz recover from major surgery and heart problems

On 8 July, bassist George Mraz endured seven hours of difficult surgery on his pancreas, and while in hospital he suffered a heart attack and many critical complications that unfortunately extended his hospital stay. This situation has devastated Mraz and his wife Camilla. The doctors expect full recovery, but it will take time.

Mraz (pictured right by Jacques Baudrier), is noted for decades of work as both a solo artist and alongside players such as Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson and many more.

In 2013, George Mraz formed the George Mraz Trio, with his wife Camilla on piano, alongside percussionist Anthony Pinciotti. Until this point, the trio gave performances in festivals throughout Europe and prominent venues in New York City. The trio has now placed its musical performances on hold as Camilla puts all her energy and time into George’s full recovery.

Camilla Mraz writes: "Since many friends, colleagues, and fans have asked how they can help support George we decided to open a "gofundme" account for those who want to help. Since September 9th is George’s birthday, and we need a miracle, we thought to created the MRAZ challenge. The MRAZ challenge request is to donate $99 toward his recovery. The amount of $99 dollars is in honor of George’s birthday on 9/9. And to cheer his spirit, we challenge you to submit a silly still photo of yourself pulling your mouth into a smile that we will post on Facebook. The silly photo idea was inspired by a photographer who sent this photo (pictured left) to George to give him strength and hope for quick recovery and as a symbol for many smiles ahead.

"Each donation made on this site will go directly to George and his family. Any amount big or small will help, and every amount is greatly appreciated. It is never easy to ask for help, but this is a time when any amount would mean a world of difference. With that in mind, we invite you to perform the MRAZ challenge, donate, or do both. Any support, in any form, in any amount will move us deeply toward the road to recovery. Please spread the word of the MRAZ challenge. It can go to those who love George Mraz, excellent music, Czechs, jazz, bass players and helping others when life presents a difficult road.

"Let’s give George the best gift ever, a strong, healthy recovery so he can share his music with us again soon. Thanks in advance for your love, help, donations and silly photos and helping us make a 'Mraz-acle' come true. With deep respect and gratitude." - Camilla Mraz.

Donations to the George Mraz - Rally for Recovery Fund can be made via the gofundme page for George Mraz.

Bruce Lindsay

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