James Weidman

Pianist / Composer / Educator

"...Mr. Weidman decorates a song like many decorate the favorite room in their house - one carefully chosen piece at a time"

-Nate Chinen, New York Times


A valued pianist, James Weidman has been a sideman and accompanist in many settings over the past 30+ years, from Abbey Lincoln, Cassandra Wilson, Steve Coleman to Kevin Mahogany and the Grammy nominated Joe Lovano Us Five.  In addition, James has also proven to be an increasingly significant bandleader and composer/arranger. His latest recording on Inner Circle Music “Spiritual Impressions” has garnered critical acclaim. It was selected by Cadence Magazine as one of the top ten albums of 2018.

Pianist James Weidman is indisputably an essential addition to whatever bandstand he graces. A partial list of Weidman’s affiliations is staggering in depth & breadth: Max Roach, Woody Herman, Archie Shepp, James Moody, Greg Osby, Bobby Hutcherson, Slide Hampton, Jay Hoggard, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Gloria Lynne, Dakota Staton, MBase Collective, Cassandra Wilson, TK Blue (co-leader of TaJa), Abbey Lincoln, Ruth Naomi Floyd (Producer), Kevin Mahogany (Music Director), Joe Lovano, Marty Ehrlich and Ray Anderson.


June 2023

It’s official! The “Sonic Realities” release is set for this month!  This album features me exclusively on piano along with the artistry of Harvie S on bass and Alvester Garnett on drums.  In a matter of days. Stay tuned! Meantime view this…

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May 2023

It’s been a long time coming, but now the new James Weidman website is officially up and running. What’s new is a music video page, and an interview page where you can view me sounding off on various topics. On…

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Upcoming Shows

James Weidman with Ed Jackson, Essiet Essiet, and Alvester Garnett
Jackson RoomQueens, NY
06/30 - 07/01/23
Bill Saxton Quartet
Bill's PlaceNew York, NY
James Weidman Triow/ Harvie S, bass and Alvester Garnett, drums
Mezzrow163 West 10th Street - basementNew York, NY