2 nights - Thursday / Friday
"A nimble and inventive keyboard artist who couldn't play an inelegant note if he wanted to.”
– Chicago Tribune
"Shrewd writing and arranging skills as clearly in view as his sleek piano work."
– The New Yorker
Michael Weiss - piano
Jake Vinsel - bass
George Fludas - drums
Pianist, composer, arranger, educator Michael Weiss is well known to Chicago jazz fans through his fifteen year tenure with saxophone legend Johnny Griffin, which included annual appearances at the Jazz Showcase. Since arriving in New York in 1982 Weiss has also been a member of the bands of Art Farmer, the Jazztet, Slide Hampton, Frank Wess, Jimmy Heath, Charles McPherson, George Coleman, Lou Donaldson, the Junior Cook/Bill Hardman Quintet, Mingus Epitaph, Jon Hendricks, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and the Mingus Epitaph Orchestra. In addition Weiss has also shared the stage with Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Clifford Jordan, Cecil Payne, Nancy Wilson, Donald Byrd, Randy Brecker, Lew Tabackin, Clark Terry and Phil Woods among others.
As a leader Weiss has headlined in New York at the Village Vanguard and every other major jazz venue including Bradley's, the Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Birdland, Iridium and Sweet Basil. Television appearances include CBS-TV Nightwatch with Charlie Rose. He has appeared in concert at Lincoln Center with Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Art Farmer, Slide Hampton, Wynton Marsalis on PBS-TV. Radio appearances include Jazzset with Marion McPartland, Making the Music with Wynton Marsalis, and Jazzset. Weiss is a 1989 prizewinner in the Thelonious Monk piano competition.
Weiss’ recordings are on the Criss Cross, SteepleChase, DIW and Sintra labels. As a sideman, he has recorded with Johnny Griffin, Steve Grossman, Charles McPherson, Frank Wess, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Ronnie Cuber, Dick Oatts and Louis Smith. As a composer Weiss is a two-time Chamber Music America grant recipient and was the grand prize winner of the 2000 BMI/Thelonious Monk Institute's composition presented to him by Wayne Shorter.