Ezra Weiss

A New Big Band Voice

Arranger-pianist Ezra Weiss is carving out a niche for himself in the jazz world.

08/28/2012
Special to the Jewish Week

Ezra Weiss received his first keyboard as a bar mitzvah present from his parents.

Twenty years later, he’s among the top 14 vote-getters in the Rising Star category as an arranger in this year’s Downbeat magazine critics’ poll, and a pianist-composer whose sixth CD, “Our Path to This Moment,” showcases his evocative writing in an imaginative big band context. It’s an elegant recording with echoes of Gil Evans, Bob Brookmeyer and Maria Schneider.

When writing for big band, Weiss says, “You want everyone to feel that what they’re doing is pivotal.” Photos by Vanished Twin
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