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James Weidman

Born: July 23, 1953    Primary Instrument: Piano

James Weidman

Pianist James Weidman is indisputably an essential addition to whatever bandstand he graces. A partial list of Weidman’s affiliations is staggering in depth & breadth: Max Roach, Woody Herman, Archie Shepp, James Moody, Greg Osby, Bobby Hutcherson, Slide Hampton, Jay Hoggard, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Gloria Lynne, Dakota Staton, MBase Collective, Cassandra Wilson, TK Blue (co-leader of Taja), Abbey Lincoln, Ruth Naomi Floyd (Producer), Kevin Mahogany (Music Director), Joe Lovano, Marty Ehrlich and Ray Anderson. That list includes several NEA Jazz Masters, musical trailblazers, and great singers; relationships requiring both the skilled touch of an adept soloist as well as superior accompaniment expertise. The gifted Mr. Weidman has it all. ...
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What the press is saying about JAMES WEIDMAN…

“…A walking encyclopedia of jazz and jazz styles…” - Richard Kamins

“A pianist with a broad resume and a graceful style who decorates a song like many decorate the favorite room in their house – one carefully-chosen piece at a time.”

- The New York Times

“Perhaps it was only a natural that all of these musical experiences fed into Weidman’s own sound, his stately piano embracing every style without sounding specific to any of them.” - JazzTimes Magazine

“…His stunning work with Joe Lovano has helped bring him to wider attention.” - Doug Ramsey, Rifftides

“Weidman is a player who knows what he wants to say even as he tries new things.” - All About Jazz New York

“Weidman has been a highly sought-after sideman for many years, but this Baby Grand Jazz Series recital confirmed his strength as a leader.” - Hartford Courant

“All About Time is clearly the work of a mature musician who values life’s connections to family, friends, and the musical tradition.” - Cadence Magazine

“James Weidman’s fluid, understated solos were particularly impressive.” - Dallas Morning News

“Keyboardist James Weidman’s impeccable timing created an arabesque for the group’s originality, and his important role cannot be forgotten.” - Swing Journal (Japan)

“Taja is the fruit of a longtime musical collaboration begun by Talib Kibwe and James Weidman dating back to the end of the 1970s. The pianist is particularly renowned…” - Jazz Hot Review (France)

“Three Worlds is the product of a thoughtful muslcal soul. Pianist James Weidman is well-versed in the traditional and modern jazz vocabulary and has found ways of deftly incorporating what he’s heard into his playing and composing.” - All About Jazz New York

JAMES WEIDMAN Discography: As a Leader 2013 Truth and Actuality Inner Circle Music (Aperturistic Trio w/Harvie S, Steve Williams) 2013 October Feeling Mono Monochrome (solo piano) 2009 Three Worlds Inner Circle Music (w/Marty Ehrlich, Ray Anderson, Jay Hoggard, Francisco Mela) 2004 All About Time Contour Records (w/Jay Hoggard, Charene Dawn, Ed Howard, Marcus Baylor) 1997 People Music TCB (w/Belden Bullock, Marvin “Smitty” Smith) 1995 A Night at Birdland Rise Up (w/Taja: Talib Kibwe (TK Blue), Belden Bullock, George Gray) JAMES WEIDMAN Select Discography: As a sideman 2013 Joe Lovano Us Five Cross Culture Blue Note/EMI 2011 Joe Lovano Us Five Bird Songs Blue Note/EMI 2009 Joe Lovano Us Five Folk Art Blue Note 2008 T.K. Blue Follow the North Star Jaja 2006 Marty Ehrlich News on the Rail Palmetto 2002 Kevin Mahogany Pride and Joy Telearc 1999 Ruth Naomi Floyd Walk and Not Be Faint Contour 1991 Cassandra Wilson Live JMT 1990 Steve Coleman Rhythm People RCA 1984 Abbey Lincoln Talking to the Sun Enja

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Primary Instrument:
Piano

Location:
New York, NY

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background:
William Paterson University since 2000.

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