David Weiss David Weiss

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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June 10, 2014

The David Weiss Sextet CD Release Celebrations For When Words Fail

May 20, 2014

Available Today: The David Weiss Sextet - "When Words Fail," On Motema...

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June 20, 2013

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July 13, 2011

David Weiss - Snuck out (Sunnyside, 2011)

June 07, 2011

The Jazz Session #277: David Weiss

August 02, 2010

The Jazz Session #187: David Weiss

July 03, 2010

David Weiss and Point of Departure - Snuck in (2010)

December 05, 2009

Giving a Great 1960s Jazz Album Its Groove Back

May 03, 2007

David Weiss Quintet at the Rubin Museum This Friday

April 11, 2007

Firehouse 12 to Present David Weiss and the Point of Departure Quintet...

July 19, 2006

David Weiss and the Point of Departure Quintet at Fat Cat every...

July 03, 2006

David Weiss and the Point of Departure Quintet at Fat Cat Every...

February 14, 2006

"Endangered Species" The Music Of Wayne Shorter With The Wayne Shorter...

February 02, 2006

David Weiss and the Point of Departure Quintet at Fat Cat This Weekend...

December 15, 2005

New David Weiss Quintet at Kavehaz in NYC, Friday, December 16

April 25, 2005

This Week at Iridium Wed. Apr. 27 David Weiss, Thurs. thg Sun. Apr....

February 05, 2005

David Weiss CD Release Party at the Jazz Standard February 8

January 19, 2005

CD Release Party for David Weiss' The Mirror @ The Jazz Standard...

February 11, 2002

Fresh Sound Records is pleased to present "Breathing Room" the debut...


Albums by David Weiss

Album Wake Up Call by David Weiss

Wake Up Call


Album When Words Fail by David Weiss

When Words Fail

Motéma Music

Album Venture Inward by David Weiss

Venture Inward

Posi-Tone Records

Album Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter by David Weiss

Endangered Species:...

Motéma Music

Album Snuck Out by David Weiss

Snuck Out

Sunnyside Records

Album Snuck In by David Weiss

Snuck In

Sunnyside Records



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