Composer/pianist Ezra Weiss has released five CD's as a leader: The Five A.M. Strut (2003), Persephone (2005), Get Happy (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2009), and The Shirley Horn Suite (2011). All of these CD's have received national and international acclaim from press and radio.
Ezra has composed and/or arranged music for Billy Hart, Thara Memory, Rob Scheps Big Band, Leon Lee Dorsey, Stan Bock, and Renato Caranto, among others, and has performed with Billy Hart, Greg Bandy, Michael Philip Mossman, Antonio Hart, Thara Memory, Rob Scheps, Renato Caranto, and Dennis Rowland, and co-led the Courtney Bryan/Ezra Weiss Jazz Orchestra. He has led bands in many of the country’s greatest clubs including Dizzys Club Coca-Cola, Smalls, and Tonic in NYC; Ryles in Boston; Nighttown in Cleveland; Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia; The Triple Door in Seattle; Jimmy Maks in Portland; and Catalinas in Los Angeles.
He has also composed music and lyrics to two children's musicals: Alice in Wonderland: a Jazz Musical (2009) and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (2010). Both musicals were designed to expose young children to jazz. Alice in Wonderland was named one of the Top 10 Cast Albums of 2009 by TalkinBroadway.com.
Ezra has won the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award three times. He holds a Bachelors in Jazz Composition from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Masters in Jazz Piano Performance from Queens College. His teachers have included Wendell Logan, Neal Creque, and Bruce Barth. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches at Portland State University.