“…Weiss proves himself as a confident composer and arranger in the progressive jazz mainstream.” -Nate Chinen, New York Times
“Don’t be fooled. He’s only playing a few notes, but boy are they the right ones.” -Neil Tesser, Listen Here!
“We can only hope that Weiss can keep the standard this high for many years to come.” -Duck Baker, JazzTimes
"Portland, Ore.-based pianist Ezra Weiss plays and writes with such remarkable forethought and reach on The Five A.M. Strut, its sobering to think that this was recorded just a year after he finished school." -Greg Buium, Downbeat
Composer/pianist Ezra Weiss has released five CD’s as a leader: The Five A.M. Strut (2003), Persephone (2005), Get Happy (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2009), and The Shirley Horn Suite (2011). All of these CD’s have received national and international acclaim from press and radio.
Ezra has composed and/or arranged music for Billy Hart, Thara Memory, Leon Lee Dorsey, Stan Bock, and Renato Caranto, among others, and has performed with Billy Hart, Greg Bandy, Michael Philip Mossman, Antonio Hart, Thara Memory, Renato Caranto, and Dennis Rowland, and co-led the Courtney Bryan/Ezra Weiss Jazz Orchestra. He has led bands in many of the U.S.’s greatest clubs including Dizzys Club Coca-Cola, Smalls, the 55 Bar, and Tonic in NYC; Ryles in Boston; Nighttown in Cleveland; Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia; The Triple Door in Seattle; Jimmy Mak’s in Portland; and the Catalina Bar and Grill in Los Angeles.
Ezra has also composed music and lyrics to two children’s musicals: Alice in Wonderland: a Jazz Musical (2009) and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (2010). Both musicals were designed to expose young children to jazz. Alice in Wonderland was named one of the Top 10 Cast Albums of 2009 by TalkinBroadway.com.
Recently, Ezra was listed in the 2012 DownBeat Critics Poll Rising Star Arranger category. He has won the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award three times. He holds a Bachelors in Jazz Composition from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Masters in Jazz Piano Performance from Queens College. His teachers have included Wendell Logan, Neal Creque, and Bruce Barth. He currently lives with his wife and son in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches at Portland State University.