Jerry Weiss – Piano
Jerry has been into music since his grandmother gave him a 78 rpm record at age 6. His musical interests are wide ranging – playing just about anything he could get his hands on over the years including piano, clarinet, sax, flute, didgeridoo, bass guitar, and guitar – with jazz piano being his favorite expressive medium. He counts Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, and Bill Evans as his primary jazz-piano influences.
Jerry has a Bachelor of Music degree from the Lamont School of Music where, under a scholarship grant, he studied jazz piano with Eric Gunnison and jazz composition and arranging with Dave Hanson. His compositions have been recognized by concert-selection and awards.
Jerry is an in-demand freelance musician and plays regularly with many local groups including the Drew Morell Octet, Nice Work Jazz Combo, Bob Harris and Lewis/Church Expeditions, and has played with Max Wagner Quartet, Andrew Vogt Trio, John Akal’s Ultraphonic, the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, John Hines Quartet, Flatirons Jazz, Fusion Juice, Colorado Jazz Workshop, Ron Ivory’s One on One, Balance-Smooth Jazz, Donna Wickham Trio, Linda Styles Band, Coal’d Fusion, and Pau Brazil.
He is the leader of the Peneplain Jazz Project which has worked with internationally known artists Greg Abate and Marguerritte Jeunemann (of Rare Silk) and opened for Maynard Ferguson and Eddie Palmieri.