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.

Adroit in myriad styles, Weidman’s resourcefulness has served him well. “The more genres you’re comfortable with, the deeper your understanding of music,” is how Weidman characterizes his broad range of associations. Such versatility has helped Weidman develop his brilliant technique and, as his mantra to his students at William Paterson University suggests, “the better your technique, the better your communication.” However, the content of that communication is the most important thing. “You’re really telling a story to your audience,” he says. “It’s a shared journey. That’s why I called my first solo album People Music, because we are all supposed to share this music.”

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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

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

William Paterson University since 2000.

John Coltrane John Coltrane
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Coleman Hawkins Coleman Hawkins
saxophone, tenor
Charlie Parker Charlie Parker
saxophone, alto

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Discography

Spiritual Impressions

Spiritual Impressions

Inner Circle Music
2018

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Truth And Actuality

Truth And Actuality

Inner Circle Music
2013

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Three Worlds

Three Worlds

Inner Circle Music
2009

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