The Ezra Weiss Fake Book is a collection of 30 original jazz compositions by composer/pianist Ezra Weiss. The instrumental and vocal pieces here range from simple to complex, easy to challenging, and traditional to innovative, adding depth and originality to any band's repertoire. By buying this book, you will be supporting the creation of new music and the development of new jazz standards. Ideal for bandleaders, musicians, educators, and students.
“Weiss is representative of a postmodern generation of young composers for the small jazz ensemble (Ryan Cohan, John Hollenbeck, Anthony Wilson are others) that is interested in going beyond the head-solos-head format to more elaborately developed forms.” -Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes
“Ezra Weiss proves himself a confident composer and arranger in the progressive mainstream.” -Nate Chinen, The New York Times
“As a writer, pianist Weiss, has a distinctive persona, bop-rooted but with a contemporary perspective. His attractive, deceptively simple pieces have character, the ensemble voicings beautifully balanced, the performances' proportions right; nothing's overdone." -Ray Comiskey, The Irish Times
“If jazz is to escape the iron grip of traditionalists who buy only records with piles of harmonic scales swirling around faux-bop riffs on forgettable tunes that lack any melodic suspense, the research and development that musicians like Weiss are doing is essential.” -Chuck Graham, The Tucson Citizen
Contents: Before You Know It, Blues for Shirley, Capricorn, The Clown Feature, The Dancer, Don’t Need No Ticket, Family Song, The Five A.M. Strut, For the Youngins, I Regret, I Wish I’d Met You, Jessie’s Song, Kunlangeta, Laugh at Yourself, Lord Give Me Wings, May the Most You Wish For, Now That You Mention It, One for Wendell, Our Path to This Moment, Persephone, Rise and Fall, Run Under the Fountatin, Shirley Horn’s Sound of Love, Symmetrics, Tea Shells, Three Little Sisters, A Time for Healing, Waiting, What I Can Never Say, Winter Machine
C Instruments (Treble Clef) - piano, flute, violin, oboe, voice, guitar, recorder
C Instruments (Bass Clef) - bass, trombone, tuba, bassoon, cello
Bb Instruments - trumpet, clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone
Eb Instruments - alto saxophone, baritone saxophone
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Composer/pianist Ezra Weiss was born on January 16, 1979, the only child of Barry and Lillie Weiss. He grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, where he was active in community theater, both as an actor and a musical director. He was also involved in band programs, and studied piano with Larry Loeber. After graduating from Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, Ezra moved to Ohio to study at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
At Oberlin, Ezra studied composition with Wendell Logan and piano with Neal Creque. During his senior year, Ezra formed the jazz sextet Blues Connotation. In 2001, he received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Composition and moved to Portland, Oregon.
In Portland, Ezra continued to lead Blues Connotation, which later became the Ezra Weiss Sextet. Ezra also began teaching at the Beaverton Arts and Communication Magnet Academy, Self Enhancement Inc., the WOU Mel Brown Jazz Camp, and the Northwest Children's Theater, where he musical directed numerous productions as well. During this time, Ezra studied piano with Gordon Lee.
In 2002, Ezra flew to New York City for a week to record his debut CD, The Five A.M. Strut. Released a year later on the Umoja label, the CD features Michael Philip Mossman, Antonio Hart, Kelly Roberge, Leon Lee Dorsey, and Billy Hart. The Five A.M. Strut received great attention from the press and spent time on both the JazzWeek and CMJ radio charts.
In 2005, Ezra released his second sextet CD, Persephone, on the Umoja label. Again, the album received excellent reviews and radio airplay.
Ezra has composed and/or arranged music for Leon Lee Dorsey, Billy Hart, Thara Memory, Stan Bock, and Renato Caranto, among others. He has also performed with many great musicians including Greg Bandy, Elif Caglar, Samantha Grabler, Thara Memory, Rob Scheps, Renato Caranto, The Original Cats, Dennis Springer, Ben Fowler, Roger Woods, Farnell Newton, Ki Allen and Dennis Rowland. Additionally, Ezra won the 2002 and 2005/2006 ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award. Currently, he also co-leads the Courtney Bryan/Ezra Weiss Jazz Orchestra in New York.