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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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Events

Date Event Time Tickets
Nov15Tue The Cookers
Band On The Wall
Manchester, UK
19:30
£20.00

Albums

When Words Fail
When Words Fail
Motema 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:...
Motema 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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The Turning Gate
The Turning Gate
Motema Music
2009
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  • Loss
    Loss
    David Weiss
    When Words Fail
  • Nellie Bly
    Nellie Bly
    David Weiss
    Endangered Species

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