Great Jazz at BargeMusic This Thursday — Brooklynian

Great Jazz at BargeMusic This Thursday

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Pianist and composer Michael Weiss performs with his trio at Bargemusic on July 26 at 8:00pm. Joining Weiss will be bassist John Webber and drummer Bryson Kern.

Bargemusic is located at Fulton Ferry Landing near the Brooklyn Bridge. For more information: www.bargemusic.org For reservations call (718) 624-2083 or email: music@bargemusic.org. Since 1977, Bargemusic has presented chamber music in an unlikely and startlingly beautiful venue—a floating barge at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge—on a small stage with the dramatic backdrop of the East River and lower Manhattan skyline. This summer, Bargemusic inaugurates a Thursday night jazz series.

Michael Weiss has long been known as a musician's musician - a fluent and flexible pianist whose mercurial improvisations and sensitive musicianship have earned him a place in bands and on recordings led by an imposing list of veteran jazz greats, including Johnny Griffin, Art Farmer, Lou Donaldson, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, George Coleman, Frank Wess, Slide Hampton, Charles McPherson, and many others.

Throughout his twenty five year career in New York, Weiss has also maintained a presence as a bandleader, headlining at the Detroit International Jazz Festival, Stanford Jazz Festival, Smithsonian Institution, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s jazz series and NPR’s “Jazzset.” In New York he's led bands at the Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Bradley's, Jazz Gallery, Smoke, and most notably the Village Vanguard. Reviewing the debut of his quintet at the Vanguard in 2006, New York Times critic Nate Chinen praised Weiss' composing, playing and bandleading skills, noting that "he demonstrated a strong sense of leadership and organization." Chinen also wrote that Weiss was "a confident and sometimes sparkling presence on piano" and that his playing exhibited "sensitivity and logic, along with crisp control."

For the last decade Weiss has focused his performances almost exclusively on his compositions. In 2000, Weiss was awarded the BMI/Monk Institute Composers Competition grandprize, presented to him by Wayne Shorter for his piece, “El Camino,” which appears on Weiss' fourth CD, “Soul Journey.” With influences as varied as Scriabin and Szymanowski to Shorter, Weiss' compositions focus on extended forms, thematic development and attention to detail. In 2003 Weiss was a recipient of the Doris Duke/Chamber Music America New Works grant.

Reviews of Soul Journey

“His ambitious new album, “Soul Journey,” keeps Weiss’ shrewd writing and arranging skills as clearly in view as his sleek piano work, honed with the likes of Art Farmer and Johnny Griffin.” – The New Yorker

“Weiss has a rich palette of composing devices at his command.” – Downbeat

“Soul Journey has warmth, integrity and above all, originality.” – JazzTimes

“About as close to perfection as a recording can get....If there is truly justice in our world, this should be a Grammy nominee.” – Jazz Improv

“It’s not often that you find jazz compositions of the caliber offered up on Soul Journey. [It] goes far beyond your typical mainstream fare. Weiss is a vital talent with something important to say.” – All About Jazz

“This music lives and breathes freshness and exhilarating originality. The individual selections are strong and attractive enough, to still be played as jazz vehicles in 10, 20, or even 50 year’s time.” – Jazz Journal

“Weiss’ compositions take on different shapes, great complexity and fresh perspectives.” — Washington Post

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