NYC Bassist Returns for Show at Dizzy's
Former San Diego doublebass phenomenon Danny Weller is back in town and will appear at Dizzy's on Monday, August 8, in a trio with pianist Mikan Zlatkovich and father Bob Weller on drums.
The 27 year old bassist and his wife moved to the Big Apple last year hoping to pursue musical opportunities--but without a definite plan.
Almost immediately, Weller hooked up with singer-songwriter Miss Tess, a Brooklyn musician who has kept him on the road for the last year.
"We'll tour up and down the Eastern seaboard, from Maine to Florida. The band keeps me pretty busy most of the year, and in the summertime we do a mix of Jazz and Roots festivals," said Weller.
When he's off the road and back in NYC, the bassist divides his time practicing, writing, and jamming with other New York musicians, as well as understudying for a handful of Broadway shows.
Like many former students of Bert Turetzky, Weller has a full, huge sound and instantly recognizable personal timbre.
"Danny has a wealth of ideas, and very good time," says Turetzky.
"I look forward to seeing where his talent takes him," said Mark Dresser, adding "Danny is a terrific young musician who has great ears and chops."
Monday's gig will re-visit the repertoire of material from the songbooks of McCoy Tyner, Ahmad Jamal and Cedar Walton, with a few originals thrown in.
"This concert is a rare opportunity for me to not only celebrate the music I came up playing with Mikan and [my] Dad, but also to do so as a trio, the musical setting that provided me with a fundamental understanding in the workings of jazz," said Weller.
The concert begins at 7:30 pm. $15 cover, $10 students. All ages welcome.
photo courtesy Danny Weller