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Michael Weiss


Born in Dallas, Michael began piano studies at age six. Beyond his classical training, Weiss developed a quick ear picking out pop songs on the keyboard. At fifteen, he discovered the world of jazz at the Interlochen academy in Michigan. There Weiss studied arranging and subsequently penned several big band scores while in high school. He continued his studies at Indiana University while gaining invaluable bandstand experience with Indianapolis jazz veterans, Al Kiger and Pookie Johnson. After earning a bachelors degree, Weiss moved to New York and soon landed his first "name" gig with Jon Hendricks.



Label: Cellar Live
Released: 2022
Track listing: Persistence; Second Thoughts; Apres Vous; Only the Lonely; Jitterbug Waltz; Epistrophy; Once I Loved; Birthday Blues.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ron Miles & Steven Bernstein

Read "Ron Miles & Steven Bernstein" reviewed by Joe Dimino

From the very talented jazz veteran Steven Bernstein with his Millenial Territory Orchestra, we start the 744th Episode of Neon Jazz. From there, we hear his hero in Duke Ellington. We listen to new music from jazz veterans like Michael Weiss, Farzin Farhadi, Eric Person and Bernie Senensky. Finally, we salute the late-great Ron Miles who ...


News: Festival

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Is Back June 17-25! Lineup Announced, Headliner Shows All Free!

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Is Back June 17-25! Lineup Announced, Headliner Shows All Free!

325 Shows – 1750+ Artists – 20 Venues – Record Number of Free Shows – Limited Number of Club Passes Now On Sale The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is back! After a two-year hiatus due to the global coronavirus pandemic, Producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced the lineup for the long-awaited 2022 nine-day ...


Article: Album Review

Michael Weiss: Persistence

Read "Persistence" reviewed by Edward Blanco

An in-demand veteran of the vibrant New York jazz scene since the '80s, pianist Michael Weiss presents the warm and engaging Persistence, his fifth as a leader and first on the Cellar Live label, as well as being his first since the critically acclaimed Soul Journey, (Sintra Records, 2003). The long time span between recordings, despite ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Michael Weiss, Ron Ledoux, Tim Berne & Gregg Belisle-Chi, and more

Read "New Releases From Michael Weiss, Ron Ledoux, Tim Berne & Gregg Belisle-Chi, and more" reviewed by Bob Osborne

On this week's show we feature an eclectic selection of brand new releases from Michael Weiss, Ron Ledoux, Tim Berne & Gregg Belisle-Chi, Hello Cacus!, Luneta Freedom Jazz Collective, In Real Time, Adam Shead and Manuel Valera New Cuban Express Big Band.Playlist Michael Weiss “Persistence" from Persistence (Cellar Live) 00:00 Ron Ledoux Quartet “Fourth ...

News: Interview

Interview: Michael Weiss

Interview: Michael Weiss

I love listening to pianist Michael Weiss. He has a jazz sound all his own that reminds me of the 1980s. It's a feel and seasoning that comes from playing with hard bop masters. His mid-tempo playing is reminiscent of Horace Silver's precise pecking and moody chord voicings, but with Michael's own flavor stirred in. On ...


Soul Journey

Label: Sintra Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Optimism El Camino Orient Express Soul Journey Atlantis The Prophecy The Cheshire Cat La Vntana Second Thoughts


Article: Catching Up With

Michael Weiss: Soul Journey

Read "Michael Weiss: Soul Journey" reviewed by Luke Seabright

Bebop is a complex craft, and like all crafts the only way to get any good at it is by learning from those who mastered it before you. Jamming through the night, getting on to that bandstand and firing away your best improvised lines, jousting with your partners (be they friends or strangers) like in the ...


Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Andrew Rothman

Read "Meet Andrew Rothman" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Lawyer, audiophile, lifelong arts enthusiast, our newest Super Fan's life plan was to be a classical pianist, until college took him in another direction. But it was two “major epiphanies" (the first time he heard Miles Davis and, later, Bill Evans) that turned him into a jazz Super Fan--such a Super Fan, in fact, that he ...


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