The Wee Trio

The Wee Trio is a collaborative musical exploration consisting of vibraphonist James Westfall, bassist Dan Loomis, and drummer Jared Schonig. In what started as a regular collective of Brooklyn musicians who got together to jam, chemistry quickly formed and thus was born The Wee Trio.

The band kicked off their inaugural tour performing throughout New York and Pennsylvania playing at a few clubs, a Jazz Festival, and an Artist Residency at a local University. The band reconvened back in Brooklyn to record and document the trio. The documented recording entitled Capital Diner Vol. 1 features original compositions by the trio with a few standards composed by Kurt Cobain, Sufjan Stevens, and Thelonious Monk. Needless to say the groups eclectic style has really helped them stand out in the New York jazz scene.

The Wee Trio comes from different areas of the USA; Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Houston. It wasn’t until Jared Schonig and Dan Loomis met, while attending Eastman School of Music, that the hook up was laid down. Meanwhile James Westfall was chosen by Herbie Hancock and Terence Blanchard to attend the Thelonious Monk Institute. After finishing his studies, he moved to Brooklyn, coincidentally, across the street from the apartment the rhythm section shared.

Each member of the Wee Tree is a leader in their own right. Their respective recordings show the legacy of their visionary bandleading. Westfall's Independent was released on Bionic Records. Jazztimes writes “...declarative and uplifting, incorporating elements of rock and hip-hop...Westfall's style is distinctive” Meanwhile, Loomis’ I Love Paris was released on Jazz Excursion, was praised as “...one of the top releases of 2007” by Scott Yanow of All Music Guide.

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September 27, 2016

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August 20, 2013

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May 29, 2013

The Wee Trio Live At Subculture On Thursday, June 6!

February 08, 2013

STLJN Interview: Dan Loomis of the Wee Trio on Recording Live at Jazz...

February 07, 2013

Jazz This Week: The Wee Trio; Mardra and Reggie Thomas; CD Release...

January 27, 2013

STLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Six from the Wee Trio

February 27, 2012

Three Views of a Trio Featuring The Wee Trio, the Joel Frahm Trio & the...

January 27, 2012

Jazz This Week: The Wee Trio, Chris Corsano, "Jazz Under the Stars,"...

January 25, 2012

Three Views of a Trio Featuring The Wee Trio, the Joel Frahm Trio & the...

January 22, 2012

The Wee Trio - Ashes to Ashes: A David Bowie Intraspective (2012)

January 11, 2012

The Wee Trio On Tour In Support of "Ashes To Ashes - A David Bowie...

December 14, 2011

The Wee Trio Announces The Release of: Ashes To Ashes - A David Bowie...

April 10, 2010

The Wee Trio Aboard the Rocks off Concert Cruise - April 30!

March 30, 2010

The Wee Trio - Capitol Diner Vol. 2 Animal Style (2010)

February 12, 2010

The Wee Trio Announces the Release Of: Capitol Diner Vol. 2 Animal Style

”'Lightning in a bottle'” is an excellent metaphor for The Wee Trio's Capitol Diner Vol. 1, given how the music crackles like high-tension wires in a rainstorm.” “grabs the listener by the lapels and yanks-hard.” —J Hunter, All About Jazz

“James Westfall, Dan Loomis, and Jared Schonig play with fervent audacity, stretching the kinetic limits of their respective instruments.” —Troy Collins, All About Jazz

“The Wee Trio often veers from the expected...questioning the rules of jazz orthodoxy. They keep the music substantive and riddled with direction surprises

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Discography

Wee +3

Wee +3

Bionic Records
2016

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Live at the Bistro

Live at the Bistro

Bionic Records
2014

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Ashes To Ashes - A David Bowie Intraspective

Ashes To Ashes - A...

Bionic Records
2012

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Capitol Diner Vol. 2: Animal Style

Capitol Diner Vol. 2:...

Bionic Records
2010

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Capitol Diner Vol. 1

Capitol Diner Vol. 1

Bionic Records
2008

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Queen Bitch

Queen Bitch

The Wee Trio
Live at the Bistro

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