Music and Lyrics by Ezra Weiss
“Top 10 Cast Albums of 2009” – Rob Lester, Talkin’ Broadway Sound Advice
Jazz pianist/composer/lyricist Ezra Weiss has adapted Alice in Wonderland to help children discover jazz. This musical tells the story of Lewis Carroll’s iconic masterpiece with songs inspired by legendary jazz musicians including Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, B.B. King, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Ornette Coleman, Shirley Horn, Bessie Smith, and Charles Mingus.
Contents: Overture, Look at the Time, Look at the Time Underscore, A Caucus Race, A Long and Sad Tail, Look at the Time Reprise, Who Are You?, An Invitation to Play Croquet, The Duchess’ Blues, The Craziest Cat in Town, Entr’acte, Tea for Four Underscore, The Time Song, It’s Always Time for Tea, Three Little Sisters, Scene Change from Tea Party, Five Plus Seven Equals Two, Rabbit’s Trumpet Fanfare #1, Off with His Head, Croquet Match, Rabbit’s Trumpet Fanfare #2-5, The Knave’s Letter, Finale, Alice’s Last Notes, Bows
Note: For production licensing, please contact Northwest Children’s Theater at http://www.nwcts.org/contact/Licensing
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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.