Primary Instrument: Piano
Tad Weed holds a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies from The Grove School in Los Angeles. He studied classical piano repertoire and composition at Central Michigan University before migrating to Los Angeles to complete his studies and intensify his performance life.
Tad’s career is acknowledged in Leonard Feather’s Encyclopedia of Jazz. Feather wrote, “…pianist Weed displays a very rare ability to cross over from dashing bop lines to rich impressions, he has all of the bases covered from funky blues to the border of the avant-garde” Tad’s discography contains over thirty recordings which feature his playing, arrangements and compositions....
“Tad Weed, an extraordinary musician who deserves more acclaim”
- Leonard Feather, author and critic, Downbeat, L.A. Times
“…is a really amazing jazz musician with a highly developed harmonic sense.”
- Crescendo Magazine, London, England
“Weed’s solos were bristling with energy and technique…a frontline voice of superb quality.”
- Don Heckman, L.A. Times
“Tad Weed gave Carmen McRae the most sensitive accompaniment imaginable.”
- Baltimore Sun
“…a stellar player, Weed gets lots of space for his strong inventive solos.”
- Jazz Times Magazine
“Delightful throughout, Weed demonstrated a sly sensitive keyboard artistry.”
- James Liska, L.A. Daily News
“Weed is known for his more progressive music…but he is also an incredible interpreter of standards…It’s clear he’s a virtuoso, as he plays rambling chords back and forth from both ends of the keyboard with astounding technique and ultimate taste.”
- Michael G. Nastos, WEMU
“Tad Weed…demonstrates the awesome power and diversity of his playing…there’s always room…for someone of Tad Weed’s virtuosity.”
- Wayne Thompson, The Oregonian
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