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Michael Weiss

[United States (USA)] New York New York

ProfessionalMusician BigBandArranging Piano
Pianist, composer, arranger and educator Michael Weiss has forged a formidable career working in the bands of jazz legends Johnny Griffin, Art Farmer, Benny Golson, Slide Hampton, Frank Wess, the Heath Brothers, Charles McPherson, Lou Donaldson, George Coleman and the Junior Cook/Bill Hardman Quintet. Weiss' fifteen year association with Griffin yielded four recordings and annual tours around the world. He has also performed with Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Clark Terry, Clifford Jordan, Phil Woods, Pepper Adams, David Newman, Nancy Wilson, Randy Brecker, Tom Harrell, and other high profile jazz recording artists. Weiss also has substantial big band experience: With the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Weiss logged nearly 700 engagements and two recordings over 25 years. He has also toured with the Mingus Epitaph Orchestra and Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. As a band leader, Weiss has headlined at the Village Vanguard, Detroit Jazz Festival, Smithsonian Institution, and major New York venues such as the Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Birdland, Bradley’s, Iridium and Sweet Basil. Radio and television appearances include CBS-TV’s Nightwatch, PBS’ Live From Lincoln Center, PianoJazz with Marion McPartland, Making the Music with Wynton Marsalis, Jazzset, and the Jazz Piano Christmas Special. Weiss was a 1989 prizewinner in the Thelonious Monk Institute's Piano Competition and won grand prize of the 2000 BMI/Monk Institute's Composition Competition presented to him by Wayne Shorter.