"History of the Piano" with Jon Weber

Jon Weber

All Ages
Making history in the first time slot of the year is none other than the piano genius Jon Weber, in “History of the Piano.”

The internationally recognized jazz piano authority, and a host of “Piano Jazz” on NPR, crams over a century of jazz piano in this show filled with flourishes of the musical and historical kind. His playing and storytelling are both virtuosic. The Wall Street Journal has called him “a true piano polymath” and The NY Times has deemed his shows “essential.”

New York-based jazz pianist Jon Weber is a consummate post-bop musician with a lithe technical ability and an ear for complex harmonic compositions. Largely self-taught, Weber displayed a knack for reinterpreting melodies early on and by age 3 could often been found playing children's tunes on a toy organ. By his teens, he was attempting his own compositions and performing regularly with his jazz quintet occasionally opening for such big names as Freddie Hubbard and Stanley Turrentine. Around age 16, Weber began playing guitar and taught himself counterpoint, a skill that eventually garnered him experience arranging for various local ensembles including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Weber's post-high school years found him attending Wisconsin University and eventually settling in Chicago in the late-'80s. Since that time he has performed and recorded with a wide array of jazz artists. He released his debut album, Jazz Wagon in 1993 and the follow-up, Simple Complex in 2004. Showcasing an all-star group of jazz associates including trumpeter Roy Hargrove, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander and vibraphonist Gary Burton, Simple Complex features compositions Weber began in high school and rediscovered years later.

Venue Information:
The Dunsmore Jazz Room
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432