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Joshua Weiner

Joshua Weiner enjoys his day job as biology professor at a Big Ten University, but wishes it left more time (and money) for music.

About Me

I was raised in Milwaukee, went to college at Northwestern, got a Ph.D. in Neurobiology at UC-San Diego, worked as a postdoctoral scientist at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and am now Associate Professor in the Dept. of Biology at the University of Iowa. Which, they tell me, is a "real job", finally. I am a proud alumnus of ~15 garage rock bands and now write, perform (drums, guitars, bass, keys, vocals), and record my own Beatlesque indie rock in my basement studio with my (long-distance) collaborator Rob L. We released our first album as The Poor Richards in 2006, and a 5- song EP ("When I Can") in 2007. Both are available via iTunes or CD Baby, if you're interested, and you can sample on SoundCloud. I also play drums in Winterland, a Grateful Dead tribute band. I have too many guitars, drum sets, and records and a very lovely and understanding wife, along with 3 beautiful young children.

My Favorites

  1. Bill Evans/Jim Hall-Undercurrent
  2. Time Out - Dave Brubeck
  3. Carnegie Hall Concert - Dave Brubeck Quartet
  4. 1961 - Jimmy Giuffre Three
  5. Take Ten - Paul Desmond
  6. Desmond Blue - Paul Desmond
  7. Spritual Unity - Albert Ayler
  8. Holy Ghost box - Alber Ayler
  9. A Love Supreme - John Coltrane
  10. Crescent - John Coltrane
  11. Village Vanguard 1961 - John Coltrane
  12. 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert - Benny Goodman
  13. Extrapolation - John McLaughlin
  14. Kind of Blue - Miles Davis
  15. Miles Smiles - Miles Davis
  16. Milestones - Miles Davis
  17. Bitches Brew - Miles Davis
  18. Live Evil - Miles Davis
  19. Free Jazz - Ornette Coleman
  20. Seasons - Alan Silva and the Celestrial Communication Orchestra
  21. Sunday At The Village Vanguard - Bill Evans Trio
  22. Brilliant Corners - Thelonious Monk
  23. Thelonious Monk Trio - Thelonious Monk
  24. The Blanton/Webster Band - Duke Ellington
  25. Electric Bath - Don Ellis Orchestra
  26. The Real McCoy - McCoy Tyner
  27. Out To Lunch - Eric Dolphy
  28. Great Concert of Charles Mingus - Charles Mingus
  29. We Free Kings - Roland Kirk
  30. Mercy Mercy Mercy - Cannonball Adderley
  31. Live At The Village Vanguard - Gerry Mulligan and the Concert Jazz Band
  32. Nefertiti (The Beautiful One Has Come) - Cecil Taylor
  33. Cafe Bohemia - Kenny Dorham
  34. Complete Village Vanguard - Bill Evans
  35. The Inner Mounting Flame - Mahavishnu Orchestra
  36. Day Will Come - Howard Riley Trio
  37. Emergency! - Tony Williams Lifetime
  38. Elastic Rock - Nucleus
  39. Soft Machine - Third
  40. Lofty Fake Anagram - Gary Burton
  41. Machine Gun - Peter Brotzman