Don Weller

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Don Weller (born December 19, 1940 in London ; † May 30, 2020 there ) was a British jazz musician ( tenor saxophone , composition).

Live and act

Weller had several years of clarinet lessons from the age of fourteen and performed Mozart's clarinet concerto as a soloist in Croydon at the age of 15 . Then he played in local Dixieland bands. He later switched to tenor saxophone under the influence of John Coltrane and played in the rehearsal band of Kathy Stobart . In the 1970s he led the rock jazz group "Major Surgery", which only played his compositions. Then he founded a quartet with drummer Bryan Spring , which also toured successfully in the 1980s and recorded with trumpeter Hannibal Marvin Peterson . He also played regularly with Stan Tracey , Harry Beckett and in the quintet with Art Themes and has also worked for Tucky Buzzard , Alan Price , Tina May , Alex Harvey , East of Eden , Count Basie and Jimmy Witherspoon .

In 1980 he took the place of Michael Brecker in the Gil Evans Orchestra during a tour of the United Kingdom. In 1983 he was also a member of Gil Evans' orchestra.

Together with his friend and colleague Dick Morrissey , he was a member of the band Rocket 88 during the early 1980s , led first by Bob Hall and then Ian Stewart ; He also played in the Charlie Watts big band that emerged from this band (album 1986). Both as a composer and as an interpreter, he was involved in the films Absolute Beginners - Junge Helden and Stormy Monday . With its own big band, which u. a. Alan Barnes , Art Subjects who included David Newton , Henry Lowther , Peter King and Malcolm Griffiths , performed his "Pennine Suite" at the 1996 Appleby Jazz Festival . In addition to his trio, he had also had an electric jazz octet since the 1990s and led a quintet with Bobby Wellins .

Weller won the Top Tenor Award in 1994, 1996 and 1998 .

Discographic notes

  • 1980: Commit No Nuisance - (with Bryan Spring)
  • 1981: Poem Song - (with Hannibal Marvin Peterson)
  • 1987: A Little Blue (Miles Music) - (with the Mick Pyne Quartet)
  • 1996: The Don Weller Big Band (33 Records)
  • 1996: Live (33 Records) (Big Band)
  • 2003: The Way You're Going to Look Tomorrow Morning (Trio)
  • 2013: The First Cut (Proper)

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Web links


  1. Obituary. Jazzwise, May 31, 2020, accessed June 1, 2020 .
  2. ^ Art Subjects remembers Don Weller (1940-2020). London Jazz News, June 1, 2020, accessed June 1, 2020 .
  3. See Don Weller Spring Quartet, Commit No Nuisance (Yes to Jazz 10048).
  4. See Gil Evans, The British Orchestra (Mole 8).