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Michael Weiss Quartet featuring Eric Alexander

February 3, 2023 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

$25.00 – $45.00

Michael Weiss Quartet featuring Eric Alexander

The Side Door Jazz Club

at Old Lyme Inn, 85 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 06371

Fri, February 3, 8:30PM / $25 – $45      Get Tickets

Michael Weiss

“This music lives and breathes freshness and exhilarating originality.” – Jazz Journal

Michael Weiss – piano

Eric Alexander – tenor saxophone

Vince Dupont – bass

Pete Van Nostrand – drums


Since arriving in New York in 1982, pianist, composer, arranger and educator Michael Weiss has forged a formidable career working in the bands of jazz legends Johnny Griffin, Art Farmer, The Jazztet, Slide Hampton, Frank Wess, Jimmy Heath Quartet, the Heath Brothers, the George Coleman Quartet, Charles McPherson, Jon Hendricks, Lou Donaldson, Junior Cook/Bill Hardman Quintet, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and Mingus Epitaph Orchestra . Weiss’ fifteen year association with Griffin, yielded four recordings and annual tours in the USA and around the world. He has also performed with Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Clark Terry, Clifford Jordan, Curtis Fuller, Phil Woods, Pepper Adams, Joe Lovano, Ron Carter, David Newman, Gerry Mulligan, Nancy Wilson, Randy Brecker, Tom Harrell, Wynton Marsalis, Gary Bartz, and other high profile jazz recording artists. As a band leader, Weiss has headlined at the Village Vanguard, Detroit Jazz Festival, Detroit Symphony Hall, Smithsonian Institution, and major New York venues such as the Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Birdland, Bradley’s, Iridium, Sweet Basil, Smoke and Dizzy’s Club CocaCola. Reviewing his Vanguard debut, the New York Times wrote that Weiss “demonstrated a strong sense of leadership and organization” exhibiting “sensitivity and logic, along with crisp control.” Television appearances include CBS-TV’s Nightwatch and PBS’ Live From Lincoln Center: The City of Jazz. NPR radio appearances include PianoJazz with Marion McPartland, Making the Music with Wynton Marsalis, Jazzset, and the Jazz Piano Christmas Special. Weiss took second prize in the 1989 Thelonious Monk Institute’s International Piano Competition. Weiss’ recordings as a leader on the Cellar Live, CrissCross, SteepleChase, DIW and Sintra labels have been hailed by the critics:

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

“Weiss’ original compositions conjured a distinct world of sound, a testament to the nature of Weiss’ imagination.” – Chicago Tribune

“Warmth, integrity and above all, originality. Weiss’ originals are formful and dynamic enough to sound as if they were standards of the genre.” – JazzTimes

“the songs simply smoke” – Detroit Free Press

“About as close to perfection as a recording can get” – Jazz Improv

“This music lives and breathes freshness and exhilarating originality.” – Jazz Journal

Weiss also appears on recordings of Johnny Griffin, Frank Wess, Charles McPherson, Steve Grossman, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Ronnie Cuber, Louis Smith and Dick Oatts. As a composer Weiss is a two-time Chamber Music America New Works grant recipient and was the grand prize winner of the 2000 BMI/Thelonious Monk Institute’s Composition Competition presented to him by Wayne Shorter. Weiss is deeply committed to jazz education, having held faculty positions at Indiana University, Hartt College of Music and Queens College. In his master classes and residencies, Weiss draws on his long and varied bandstand experience to directly address the standards and performance practices required of a professional jazz musician.

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Fri, February 3

8:30PM / $25 – $45 Get Tickets


February 3, 2023
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
$25.00 – $45.00
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The Side Door Jazz Club
85 Lyme St
Old Lyme,
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