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DAVID WEISS & POINT OF DEPARTURE

2015-10-31
Showtime: 12:30AM
Doors Open at 12:00AM

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David Weiss & Point Of Departure
FEATURING:
David Weiss - Trumpet
J.D. Allen - Tenor Sax
Nir Felder - Guitar
Ben Eunson - Guitar
Matt Clohesy - Bass
Kush Abadey - Drums

In a jazz climate that rewards neo-conservative tributes and far-flung exercises in deconstruction, David Weiss has distinguished himself another way: through finding flexibility and innovation in music that has its roots in the mainstream. The trumpeter, composer, and arranger has had the opportunity to learn from some of the music’s quintessential figures by touring and/or recording with the likes of Freddie Hubbard, Charles Tolliver, Billy Harper, Bobby Hutcherson, Slide Hampton, James Moody, Tom Harrell, Louis Hayes, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Billy Hart, among many others. Weiss was born in New York City, but began his musical studies in earnest by attending North Texas State University. He graduated in 1986 and returned to New York. He soon found work with Jaki Byard, Frank Foster, and Jimmy Heath and began to study with fellow trumpeters Tommy Turrentine and Bill Hardman. He also attended Barry Harris’ weekly workshops, a valuable learning experience for Weiss and an opportunity for him to play with Mr. Harris and Walter Davis Jr. Weiss also began leading the “After Hours” jam session at the Blue Note with many of the up and coming musicians of the day including Stephen Scott, Winard Harper, Leon Parker, Sam Newsome, Justin Robinson, and Rodney Kendrick. Among the musicians he performed with during his tenure were Roy Hargrove, Clifford Jordon, Mulgrew Miller, Jeff Watts, Terence Blanchard, Benny Green, and Billy Hart.



In the past few years, Weiss has formed three new ensembles, all quite different and with their own unique sound. He formed David Weiss and the Point of Departure Quintet in 2006. As with his earlier bands, he formed this new group around some of the finest up-and-coming musicians in jazz. This group draws its inspiration and approach to music from the late 1960s, a period in jazz that has not yet been clearly defined, a turbulent but exciting time when music seemed to simultaneously get more complex and simpler as a variety of influences infused the music. Some were experimenting with soul, rock, and exotic rhythms from India and the Far East, while others were carrying on the innovations of the second great Miles Davis quintet, using the group’s ever-shifting rhythms and harmonic complexities as a springboard to new compositional ideas. Some combined both to create new, exciting music. The Point of Departure Quintet is re-examining some of the most innovative music of the period, some of it neglected, some, perhaps, never quite as developed as it could have been as things seemed to move at a pace during that period that left some music from being fully realized as they quickly moved on to the next new thing.

Weiss also took one of his occasional special projects, The Cookers, and solidified the personnel to form a real band featuring some of the most important still-living musicians in jazz that are still living but in his opinion a bit unsung or neglected, giving them another showcase for their amazing compositional skills and outstanding improvisational prowess. The group features Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, Azar Lawrence, George Cables, Cecil McBee, and Billy Hart, and features compositions by Harper, Cables, and McBee, rearranged for the group by Weiss.

The third ensemble is Endangered Species: The Music of Wayne Shorter, a 12-piece mini big band devoted to reimagining the music of jazz’ greatest living composer and approaching his work as he would, as an ever-changing, always-evolving body of work. The group performs music from all eras of Mr. Shorter’s great career from the Blakey era (“Mr. Jin”), through music from “The All Seeing Eye”, up to his latest compositions from “Alegria” and “High Life.”

 

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