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HARRIS CENTER PRESENTS
He recently filled legendary shoes, selected by Marian McPartland to continue her Piano Jazz on NPR, but he’s been going places since a young age. By age 19, Jon’s jazz quintet had opened up for Pat Metheny, Buddy Rich, Freddie Hubbard, and Stanley Turrentine. Now a favorite at New York’s 92nd Street “Y” jazz series, performing piano duos with Dick Hyman, Cyrus Chestnut, and Bill Charlap, Jon Weber—a true original—is rapidly emerging as a singular personality in jazz.
This event is sponsored by Capital Public Radio.
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It's a wonderful thing when jazz insiders from all over the world enthusiastically discover an intelligent, creative young talent like Jon Weber. A spectacular solo pianist, his brilliantly crafted spontaneous orchestrations easily place him in the rarefied company of today's elite jazz musicians.
"Last summer, I rediscovered manuscripts I'd written in high school and started calling every great musician I knew. 'SIMPLE COMPLEX' took on a life of its own very quickly." Weber's quintet, the surprise hit of Melbourne's January 2003 International Jazz Fest: "The tunes are mind-bendingly complex with overlapping time signatures, accent shifts, and rhythmic feels that swerve from Cuban montunos to Indian tabla patterns to straight-ahead jazz at the blink of an eye. Weber spiked his challenging charts with infectious latin grooves while fellow musicians rode the odd-metered passages with unflappable poise" (THE AGE - Melbourne, AU).
"SIMPLE COMPLEX", released on 2ndCenturyJazz Records, features Jon on piano, drummer Mark Walker, tenor sax master Eric Alexander, trumpeters Diego Urcola and Roy Hargrove, bassists Avishai Cohen, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, and Peter Washington, plus vibraphonist Gary Burton. "How lucky can a guy get?!" adds Jon. "World-class players - each giving a 100th percentile performance."
CNN, CNBC, Black Entertainment TV, Bravo/Arts, National Public Radio, and Voice of America have profiled Jon Weber's unique musical depth and vast knowledge of his craft. NPR's 1997 Holiday CD includes 2 excellent tracks by Jon.
At the request of composers Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, Jon recorded a 2-CD tribute, It's Never Quite the Same (Mood Records). "I am most flattered by your wonderful CD!" says Ray Evans. "You play my tunes the best!" adds Jay Livingston. Violin virtuoso, Dr. L. Subramaniam flew Jon and Corky Siegel to Bangalore, India to appear in a series of concerts and recordings.
As if all this was not enough, he's even been declared "Man of the Day" by the Icelandic government!
1 hour, 30 minutes; with 20 minute intermission