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JAZZ ENCOUNTERS - Fri. 11/10, 8 PM

ALEX WEITZ GROUP

WEITZ

Alex Weitz - saxophone

Tal Cohen - piano

Dan Montgomery - bass

David Chiverton - drums

Saxophonist and composer Alex Weitz began his career in Arizona as a member of the award-winning Tucson Jazz Institute Ellington Band, versing himself in the music of its namesake and the classic repertoire of Count Basie. This foundation in swing distinguished him early on as an artist who knows that, to architect a sustainable future, one must mine raw materials from the past.

Tapping the roots of tradition in the Southwest gave him more than enough minerals to sustain his relocation to the Southeast, where he studied at the prestigious University of Miami Frost School of Music. While there, he completed his undergraduate studies in Jazz Saxophone Performance and graduate studies in Studio Jazz Writing, gaining invaluable mentorship and experience as a member of the Henry Mancini Institute Jazz Septet under famed trumpeter Terence Blanchard. With Blanchard’s encouragement, Weitz strengthened his personal voice, and then some, emerging from the Miami program with an in-depth knowledge of composition that imbues his originals with robust, memorable melodies and structural integrity. The classical rigor of those melodies is just as evident in the way he improvises around them.

Since graduating, Alex’s primary musical focus has been on performing, composing, and producing music with his ensemble, the Alex Weitz Group. The upcoming year is already looking to be a breakout one for Weitz, and with the release of Luma it’s only a matter of time before discerning ears will awaken to his unmistakable voice.

Young musicians are invited to play along some of the best musicians around, in an informal setting and with the common purpose of establishing a relationship around music and its history.

It’s also a lot of fun!  Be good at your instrument and be ready to play.  Be part of the audience or join in. Nicole Yarling leads the session.

$15 General Admission. FREE for Students 18 and under

FREE for WDNA Members (Free admission is only for name(s) listed on membership record).

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Concerts take place at the WDNA JAZZ GALLERY, 2921 Coral Way in Miami. For more information, call (305) 662-8889.