Tad Weed Freedom Ensemble
also played and recorded with Dick Berk and Charles Lloyd. In 1989 he became the accompanist for Paul Anka, and for the next eleven years he toured the world with the singer. This gig provided security, but at the same time Weed became closely involved with the Los Angeles experimental jazz scene loosely associated with woodwind player Vinny Golia. The pianist recorded two of his own albums for Golia's record label and appeared as a sideman on some more radical dates. His most memorable avant-jazz performance is on Golia's Dante No Longer Repents.
Soon after leaving Anka, Tad Weed came back to Michigan and quickly established himself as one of the top pianists and arrangers in the area, working with the finest jazz musicians in Detroit and offering instruction in his Ypsilanti studio. He continues to work with singers such as Shahida Nurullah, but he has not forgotten his love of more experimental jazz trends, a passion that goes back to his CMU days.