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Moving jazz forward has been David Weiss’s modus operandi ever since he appeared on the scene in the late eighties when he established himself in New York by touring and/or recording with the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Charles Tolliver, Billy Harper, Bobby Hutcherson, Slide Hampton, James Moody, Tom Harrell, Louis Hayes, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Billy Hart, among many others.

Weiss was born and raised in Queens, New York and began taking piano lessons when he was ten years old. He added trumpet to his arsenal when he was 13. The music in his neighborhood was rock-n-roll and the favorites were the likes of Led Zepplin and Black Sabbath, which he embraced. His tastes soon evolved to more progressive rock like King Crimson and Gentle Giant and then to further out European rock groups like Magma, Area and Henry Cow. In high school, he began playing keyboards (and also a little trumpet through effects) in some local rock bands and right before leaving for college began to play in a band that eventually morphed into the group Material featuring future producers Bill Laswell and Michael Beinhorn. While in art school, Weiss became more exposed to free jazz and began to focus primarily on trumpet again. He also got the opportunity to perform with Fred Frith, Chris Cutler and Henry Kaiser. Weiss then left art school to attend Karl Berger’s Creative Music Studio studying with George Lewis, Jimmy Giuffre, Leo Smith, Pauline Oliveros, Gerry Hemmingway and John Zorn among many others. At the suggestion of Mr. Giuffre, Weiss sought out a more fully rounded music education and transferred to North Texas State University. Upon graduating,

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7:00 PM
David Weiss Sextet
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
New York, NY
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David Weiss Sextet
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
New York, NY
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10:30 PM
David Weiss Sextet
Smoke Jazz & Supper Club
New York, NY

Discography

Wake Up Call

Wake Up Call

Ropeadope
2017

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When Words Fail

When Words Fail

Motéma Music
2014

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Venture Inward

Venture Inward

Posi-Tone Records
2013

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Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter

Endangered Species:...

Motéma Music
2013

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Snuck Out

Snuck Out

Sunnyside Records
2012

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Snuck In

Snuck In

Sunnyside Records
2010

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Loss

Loss

David Weiss
When Words Fail

Nellie Bly

Nellie Bly

David Weiss
Endangered Species

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