"Mr. Weber can play up a storm...he has hosted the NPR series “Piano Jazz” and is one of the most imaginative and gifted musical directors, has a deep understanding of how technology and the media have revolutionized the relationship between the musician and the audience. Yet he knows exactly how technical to get without sounding like a textbook."
Jazz pianist Jon Weber has recorded and toured all over the world, winning numerous honors for performance and composition - scoring extensively for television since 1987. Gary Burton, Roy Hargrove, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen and Avishai Cohen have all recorded Jon’s music, and his critically-acclaimed release, SIMPLE COMPLEX, rose to #1.
Jon lives in New York City and hosts NPR’s “Piano Jazz with Jon Weber” after frequently serving as guest host for Marian McPartland.
"...the worthy successor to the late Marian McPartland on the NPR staple "Piano Jazz."
- WALL STREET JOURNAL
Weber is a consummate post-bop musician with a lithe technical ability and an ear for complex harmonic compositions. Largely self-taught, Weber displayed a knack for reinterpreting melodies early on and by age 3 could often have been found playing children's tunes on a toy organ. By his teens, he was attempting his own compositions and performing regularly with his jazz quintet occasionally opening for such big names as Freddie Hubbard and Stanley Turrentine. Around age 16, Weber began playing guitar and taught himself counterpoint, a skill that eventually garnered him experience arranging for various local ensembles including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Weber's post-high school years found him attending Wisconsin University and eventually settling in Chicago in the late-'80s. Since that time he has performed and recorded with a wide array of jazz artists.
He released his debut album, Jazz Wagon in 1993 and the follow-up, Simple Complex in 2004. Showcasing an all-star group of jazz associates including trumpeter Roy Hargrove, tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander and vibraphonist Gary Burton, Simple Complex features compositions Weber began in high school and rediscovered years later.
Now based in New York City, Weber travels extensively as a soloist and as a highly sought music director for top jazz and cabaret performers.
Part of this bio was written by Matt Collar of AllMusic