Just back from six months entertaining on a luxury cruise ship sailing the Mediterranean, jazz pianist Jon Weiss returns to Alvin & Friends main dining room on Friday, September 15th from 7 to 10:30 pm.
A native of New Rochelle, Jon Weiss graduated with a M.A. in music composition from SUNY Buffalo, where he began teaching music at SUNY Geneseo while preforming at local jazz clubs. He was fortunate enough to work a week each with the legendary jazz saxophonists Dexter Gordon and Flip Phillips, as well as with The Four Tops. Jon moved back to the New York City area in 1980 and embarked on a period of touring and “road” work, first with guitarist Melvin Sparks’ Blues Band and subsequently with vocalist Arthur Prysock and his brother, saxophonist Red Prysock. After leaving Arthur Prysock, Jon put together a pop trio which went on to be the back-up band for the highly eccentric (and notorious) Tiny Tim. Jon and his group backed and occasionally opened for such acts as Chubby Checker, the Brooklyn Bridge, Dell Shannon, The Shirelles, The Platters, and the Drifters. Since the late1990’s, Jon has become well-established in the New York music scene; he has performed and recorded with such jazz notables as Houston Person, Dewey Redman, Philly Joe Jones, Dave Liebman, Eddie Henderson, George Coleman, Tisziji Munoz, and many others. He is also in demand as an accompanist for vocalists, and In 2004-2005 he became pianist and musical director for one of the great jazz vocalists of all time, Anita O’Day, performing with her both in the US and on her last European tour. From 2004 until 2013, Jon performed for about 6 months per year either overseas as a pianist and vocalist or on cruise ships as a bandleader of a trio. During this period he visited at least 48 different countries in Europe, South America, and South Asia. Jon currently performs with his trio every Monday night at the long-established Upper West Side jazz club, Cleopatra’s Needle where he runs the Monday night jam session. He has also recorded three of his own CDs; his most recent is “Time Without Memory.” No cover charge, but tables are reserved for diners and there is a two-drink minimum at the bar.