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The Wee Trio / Bio


Slam-Bop Synergy. The Wee Trio harnesses the punk-ethos of Beck, the beauty of Sufjan Stevens and the freedom of the late Miles Davis Quartet.

“Refreshing...intelligent, highly interactive tracks . . . “ –JazzTimes

“The Wee Trio have found a unique slant, not only in their vibes/bass/drums instrumentation but in their lyrical songwriting and flowing interaction.”
– The Philly Daily News

Dan, James and Jared formed an unlikely union; taking a circuitous route from all corners of the country to land in Brooklyn. By chance they ended up living across the street from one another. One day Jared and Dan spotted James rolling his vibes down the street and a new super-trio was born. After successful, well-received tours across the US, and excited by the chemistry and simpatico of the group, they rushed back to Brooklyn and immediately went into the studio, recording their debut CD, Capitol Diner, Vol.1 in one four hour session. The rest is history…

“’Lightning in a bottle’” is an excellent metaphor for The Wee Trio's Capitol Diner Vol. 1, given how the music crackles like high-tension wires in a rainstorm.” “grabs the listener by the lapels and yanks - hard.”– Allaboutjazz.com
Capitol Diner Vol. 1 won huge international acclaim, being named in the Top Ten CDs of ’08 by The San Francisco Chronicle, Boston’s Patriot Ledger and All About Jazz. The band also became ‘bi-coastal’, with James returning to the New Orleans to pioneer the post-Katrina Musicians’ Village. The group toured extensively, playing across the US at venues and festivals such as Snug Harbor, Jazz at the Bistro, the Harrisburg Jazz Festival, Rochester’s MCC Jazz Festival and the Jazz Bakery. 2010 saw the release of Capitol Diner, Vol. 2: Animal Style, a record of these travels.

“one of the most dynamic trios around” – Allaboutjazz.com

“Intriguing combination of which to my knowledge there’s no peer in jazz, or any other kind of music” - BlogCritics.com

General Info

Band Members
Dan Loomis, Jared Schonig, James Westfall
Artist Name
The Wee Trio
Home Page
Active Since
Jazz / Indie Rock / Post Punk

Contact Info

Brooklyn, NY
DKL Productions

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