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Mort Weiss

Mort Weiss is a bebop-oriented clarinet player with ten albums as leader to date. After having taken 30-odd years off from playing, Weiss came to musical life as a leader in 2003 with The Mort Weiss Quartet (AKA Mort Wiess Meets Joey DeFrancesco) (SMS Jazz, 2003) following with B3 and Me (recorded in 2003 but not released until 2006). According to jazz writer Scott Yanow, "Clarinet-organ groups are far from common. In fact, prior to Mort Weiss' debut CD with organist Joey DeFrancesco, it is possible that combination had never been utilized before." Indeed, but this didn't stop Weiss and DeFrancesco from doing so.

Born in 1935 in Pennsylvania, Weiss began clarinet lessons when he was nine-years old

Mort Weiss Is a Jazz Reality Show

Label: SMS Jazz
Released: 2016
Track listing: Dedication Music from Yesterdays; The Lamp Is Low; Like Someone in Love; Blues for Sandy; Just Friends; Stella by Starlight; Body and Soul; I Remember You; Yesterdays; It Might as Well Be Spring; Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea; That’s All; Avalon.

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Mort Weiss: Mort Weiss Is a Jazz Reality Show

Read "Mort Weiss Is a Jazz Reality Show" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

La storia del jazz è ricca di drammatiche vicende umane e quella di Mort Weiss è l'ultima in ordine di tempo. Dopo quarant'anni di assenza del mondo della musica (per fatti che l'hanno condotto anche in prigione) nel 2001, all'età di 66 anni ha ripreso in mano il clarinetto e l'anno successivo ha inciso ...

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Mort Weiss' E-book, "Sex And The Jazz Musician - The Hollywood Years And Beyond," Now Available

Mort Weiss' E-book, "Sex And The Jazz Musician - The Hollywood Years And Beyond," Now Available

New E-Book Translates the Octogenarian Clarinetist’s Mort Report Columns from All About Jazz into an Autobiographic Series of Vignettes Complimented with Music and Video Sex and the Jazz Musician—The Hollywood Years and Beyond, an intriguing glimpse into the life and times of “the world's greatest unemployed jazz clarinetist," 80-year old Mort Weiss, is now available as ...

Mort Weiss is a Jazz Reality Show

Label: SMS Jazz
Released: 2015
Track listing: Dedication Music from Yesterdays; The Lamp is Low; Like Someone in Love; Blues for Sandy; Just Friends; Stella by Starlight; Body and Soul; I Remember You; Yesterdays; It Might as Well Be Spring; Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea; That’s All; Avalon.

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Mort Weiss: Mort Weiss is a Jazz Reality Show

Read "Mort Weiss is a Jazz Reality Show" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In recent years, life has thrown one obstacle after another at the feet of octogenarian clarinetist Mort Weiss. Divorce, loss of home, cancer, and hospitalization for a variety of other life-threatening ailments all came at him, threatening to kill his resolve and cut him down. But it would seem that practically nothing is capable of felling ...

ARTICLE: THE MORT REPORT

No More Excuses People!

Read "No More Excuses People!" reviewed by Mort Weiss

As a result of the efforts of one Michael Ricci and what he has given to the jazz world, the above title means just that! Michael has given you--musicians, club owners, booking agents, food and beverage servers, the people that provide such services, all concert and festival artistic directors, venue management, fans, transportation folks and music ...

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Mort Weiss: Mort Weiss is a Jazz Reality Show

Read "Mort Weiss is a Jazz Reality Show" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The informal definition of a Character is an “odd, eccentric, or unusual person." That is a bit disappointing in that “odd, eccentric, and unusual" more often than not may be pejorative. I prefer a “unique, memorable, or exceptional person." That said, it takes all six adjectives to adequately describe clarinetist Mort Weiss, who with this recording ...

ARTICLE: THE MORT REPORT

Some Thoughts from the worlds greatest out of work Bebop clarinet player

Read "Some Thoughts from the worlds greatest out of work Bebop clarinet player" reviewed by Mort Weiss

As many of you know, I've discontinued my column here at All About Jazz called “the Mort Report." See my final one (number 22), aptly named “My Final Mort Report." Clever, what? My reports were mostly autobiographical, as I kind of put myself on automatic pilot and opened the storage lockers of my brain to let ...


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