Dan Weiss began playing the drums at the age of 6. He received his bachelor’s degree at Manhattan School of Music with a major in jazz percussion and minor in classical composition. Soon after getting his formal education, he began touring the world and recording with musicians such as David Binney, Lee Konitz, Rudresh Mahantthapa, Miguel Zenon, Kenny Werner and many others.
In addition to the drums, Weiss has been studying the tabla under his guru Pandit Samir Chatterjee for almost 20 years. This apprenticeship has been a major influence in his musical aesthetic, exemplified in two of his records where he performs classical Indian repertoire on drum set. David Adler (All About Jazz) wrote, “Weiss is arguably unique among today’s jazz drummers, transposing ideas from his tabla study to the drum kit, as heard most clearly on Tintal Drum Set Solo (Chhandayan, 2005) and Jhaptal Drum Set Solo.” Weiss was also named the Top Up and Coming Percussionist two years in a row in the 60th and 61st annual Downbeat Critic’s Poll and was featured in the New York Times as One of the Five Most Promising Drummers of the New Generation.
Weiss has led his trio, which includes Jacob Sacks on piano and Thomas Morgan on bass, for over a decade. Their two releases, Now Yes When and Timshel have been critically acclaimed for their unique approach to song structure and endlessly creative improvisation. In addition to the trio, Weiss leads his unique large ensemble that features some of NYC’s most gifted musicians. The album 14 released on the Pi record label has received a lot of attention and even made it into New York Times’ top ten records of 2014. There is another large ensemble record slated to come out end of 2015. It is a through-composed piece based on 6 of history’s greatest jazz drummers.
Weiss currently lives in Brooklyn, NY where he continues to study, practice, teach, perform and record.