Composer/pianist Ezra Weiss was born on January 16, 1979, the only child of Barry and Lillie Weiss. He grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, where he was active in community theater, both as an actor and a musical director. He was also involved in band programs, and studied piano with Larry Loeber. After graduating from Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Ezra moved to Ohio to study at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
At Oberlin, Ezra studied composition with Wendell Logan and piano with Neal Creque. During his senior year, Ezra formed the jazz sextet Blues Connotation. In 2001, he received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Composition and moved to Portland, Oregon.
In Portland, Ezra continued to lead Blues Connotation, which later became the Ezra Weiss Sextet