Tad Weed, Solo
He is an all-around musician, but he is above all else a pianist, and when he plays piano, you cannot imagine him on any other instrument. His melodic right-hand lines can be astonishingly fast and complex, but they are always anchored in shifting harmonies coming from the other side of the keyboard. When the time is right, both hands come together with ripe chords. All of this is done with powerful rhythmic drive. Years of working with a wide variety of musicians in different stylistic idioms have left him with a seemingly inexhaustible repertoire of jazz classics, show tunes, and pop materials of various sorts. His arranger's instincts lead him to craft these materials in novel ways, eschewing the banal presentations of the melody, followed by improvisatory flights, that we so often hear.
On July 13 Tad Weed will offer a rare solo performance at the Kerrytown Concert House, exploring jazz standards and his own compositions, as well as those associated with some of the artists he has performed with over the years. This will be a review of the musical roads he has traveled, presented without rhythm section support. In such a setting we will be able to experience a presentation of the pianist, composer, and orchestrator in perfect unadorned harmony.
[Originally published in July, 2013.]