Born: July 23, 1953 Primary Instrument: Piano
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. ...
“…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
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New York, NY
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
William Paterson University since 2000.