Ronald B. Weber, MD
President & Artistic Director of South Florida JAZZ
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I am a lifelong drummer and jazzer who had a college band in Michigan featuring Joe
Henderson (yes, Joe played in MY band and I never let him forget it. I miss him). I played
briefly with Getz, Terry Gibbs, Phineas Newborn, Jr., Johnny Smith, Kirk Lightsey, and
Candido Camero before focusing on medicine.
I taught neurology and neuro-ophthalmology at George Washington University then
practiced neurology in Hollywood, Florida until 1993. It is fair and immodest to assume
that I know more about jazz than any of my neurology colleagues and more about
medicine than most jazz writers (and all sports writers).
Now I am engaged in a life of jazz promotion and production with South Florida JAZZ,
Inc. which I direct as president and artistic director. They will have to assassinate me to
get me out of the job. I was just reëlected for another year.
I like jazz two blocks from the edge (as Don Grolnick once said to Michael Brecker).
Despite my geezer status, I like a fair amount of modern music. My dream festival would
feature bands led by Keith Jarrett (if I didn't have to deal with him), Branford Marsalis,
John Scofield, Christian McBride, Gary Burton, Brad Mehldau, Chick Corea, Kurt Elling
and Cecile McLorin Salvant.
Does anyone want to donate $100K to a well-meaning nonprofit jazz organization???