Pianist/Percussionist/Composer Bob Weller has enjoyed a significant career as a jazz drummer, working with jazz greats Joe Pass, Mose Allison, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Benny Golson, Kenny Baron, Herb Ellis, Dave Carpenter, Walt Weiskopf, Larry Koonse, Hollis Gentry III, Jeff Beal, Steve Tavaglione, Anthony Davis and Mike Garson. He has also recorded and performed with experimental/free jazz/avante garde artists including George Lewis, Bertram Turetzky, Nathan Hubbard, Lisle Ellis, Vinny Golia, Jason Robinson, David Borgo and wife Ellen Weller.
Bob’s compositions early on crossed the boundary between jazz and classical chamber music, such as his jazz/chamber ensemble suite based upon J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings [1979 – well before the movie!]. Excerpts from “On the Road” features bassist/narrator Bertram Turetzky. Bob’s bass concerto Homage to Jackson Pollock was selected to be performed by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Donald Portnoy at the 2002 Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and was performed with a slide show in 2001 by the University of California San Diego Wind Ensemble, conducted by Robert Zelickman. Other compositions include a trumpet concerto, a piece for flute and guitar, and any jazz tunes.
In addition to progressive jazz recordings with his brother, LA drummer Dick Weller, he was recorded with the radical klezmer group Rabbinical School Dropouts on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. Weller has written an as-yet-to-be-published theoretical treatise on 20th century harmony entitled Quantum Dissonance and a useful/humorous book of suggestions, shortcuts and anectdotes from his NYC cab/limo driver days entitledDriving New York.
Bob graduated Cal. State Northridge in 1979 with a Bachelors in Percussion. While there he studied composition with Frank Campo, Aurelio De La Vega and Ladd McIntosh. Bob has played percussion with the Phoenix Symphony and also the LA Philharmonic. While living in NY he played with many well known jazz artists and studied piano with Phil Markowitz and drums with Peter Erskine. He has performed percussion/drums in numerous musicals, including the West Coast pre-Broadway revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum directed by Des McAnuff, starring Nathan Lane and which went on to win the 1996 Tony Award for best musical revival. Other productions include The Music Man, Mame, Annie Get Your Gun, Man of La Mancha at the Lawrence Welk Dinner Theater.
Bob earned the RPT [Registered Piano Technician] designation from the Piano Technicians Guild in 2001. He recently published his first book, “Stravinsky and Cubism,” available at Amazon.com.
He currently teaches drum set and jazz piano at Palomar College in San Marcos, California.
Ubuntu David Borgo
Sweet and Lovely – YUSM recordings
Spirits, Little Dreams and Improvisations – (Circumvention 041)
Cosmic Tree Rabbinical School Dropouts (Tzadik 7168 2002)
“Homage to Jackson Pollack” on New Music by American Composers (Piccolo Spoleto 2002)
Heros of the American Night – orchestral and chamber compositions (YUSM 2001)
Reflections Trio Alchemy (Websters Last Word 2001)
For the Record Hollis Gentry II (Gintree 1999)
Fire Martians Weller Bros (YUSM 1997)
For our Mothers Second Avenue Klezmer Ensemble (Second Avenue Productions 1998)
Coast to Coast Weller Bros (YUSM 1993)
Quantum_Dissonance_by_Bob_Weller.pdf (you might want to right click to download this. 8mb )