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Michael David Weiss

[United States (USA)] New York New York

ProfessionalMusician BigBandArranging Piano
Jazz pianist and composer best known for his fifteen-year association with saxophonist Johnny Griffin. Weiss studied at Interlochen Academy and Indiana University, after which he moved to New York City. His professional career began as a sideman for singer Jon Hendricks in the 1980s. He has worked with George Coleman, Art Farmer, Johnny Griffin, Slide Hampton, Tom Harrell, Jimmy Heath, Charles McPherson, and Gerry Mulligan.[1] In 2000 he was the grand prize winner in the BMI/Thelonious Monk Institute's Composers Competition. In 1989, he won second prize in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, and in 2002, he received a composition commission from Chamber Music America.[2] As a soloist and bandleader, Weiss has been featured on the television and radio programs CBS News Nightwatch, Live from Lincoln Center, Jazzset, Piano Jazz, and the Jazz Piano Christmas Special. In addition to performing, composing and recording, Weiss has been committed to jazz education throughout his career.