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Danny Weis
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A blend of smooth jazz, funk and r&B instrumentals. Funky guitar licks over original jazz and r&b compositions.
DANNY WEIS Raised in San Diego, California, Danny was taught guitar by his father Johnny, a well known country jazz guitarist who performed with many Grand Ole Opry stars including Johnny Cash and Tex Ritter. At their home, legendary jazz guitar great Barney Kessel was frequently found jamming and trading guitar licks in the living room with Danny and his dad. These early influences formed the foundation of Danny’s strong sense of melody, bluesy lines, and the unique funky rhythmic style that define his trademark guitar sound. At 18 Danny co founded Iron Butterfly and performed in famous Sunset Strip clubs such as The Whisky A Go Go and The Troubador. He caught the eye of Elektra Records producer Paul Rothchild, who presented Danny with an offer to join supergroup Rhinoceros. He accepted and went on to record three albums with the group and co-wrote their instrumental hit “Apricot Brandy”. Danny has shared the stage with musical legends Janis Joplin, Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone The Doors, Buffalo Springfield, David Crosby, Ray Charles, The Bee Gees, The Who, Alice Cooper, Blood Sweat and Tears and Jimi Hendrix. He has toured and recorded with The Everly Brothers, Burton Cummings, The Rascals, Lou Reed, Melissa Manchester and others. In 1979 he was musical director and performed in the movie “The Rose”, starring Bette Midler, for which he received gold and platinum American Music Awards. In 2005, Marshmellow Records recorded and released Danny’s first solo project “Sweet Spot” which features an exiting mix of smooth jazz, funk and R & B originals. Danny now makes his home in Southern Ontario. He performs regularly as a solo guitarist as well as playing and recording with a variety of artists on the local scene. For additional info, please contact andrea@marshmellowrecords.com
Band/artist history
Sweet Spot showcases all of the above. It even features a brief quote from Rhinoceros's first single "Apricot Brandy." Weis moves from the smooth George Bensonish sounds of the title song to the blues of "Graham Street Shuffle" without blinking an eye. He throws down some "Country Licks" (reminding the listener of Albert Lee) and adds a bit of Funk in "Funk Tracks." Like I said, he can play it all. Sure, his playing reminds you of this guy or that, but it's his own mastery of his instrument that allows him to wander throughout the musical map. Wherever he goes, you'll want to follow. The musicians backing him provide able support. Rich Brown on bass, Jorn Andersen on drums, form the ever-so-solid rhythm section. Richard Bell and Lou Pomanti join on keyboards, and on three tracks his old partner from Rhinoceros Michael Fonfara adds Hammond B-3. There are a few horn players too, sweetening the mix, but essentially it's Danny's show. No vocals, just solid grooves and Danny's mesmerizing skills on the fretboard. Just the ticket for a cool Saturday night. Weis finds the Sweet Spot all right, and hits it over and over!
Have you performed in front of an audience?
Danny plays live outside Toronto as a solo act as well with various other musicians
Your musical influences
George Benson, Larry Carlton, Billy Preston, AWB, Diana Krall, King Curtis, Eric Gale, Stevie Ray Vaughan
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Danny Weis! Wow! From founder of Iron Butterfly (but don't blame him for "Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida") to the first super-group Rhinoceros; from backing Janis Joplin, the Everly Bros., Lou Reed and many more, Danny Weis has been an intrinsic part of the music scene for decades. Sweet Spot is his first solo album, and what a welcome thing it is! I last saw Danny Weis about a year ago. Scottish mystery writer Ian Rankin was reading from his new novel, and a group called the Pork Belly Futures was starting the night off with their literary blues! My wife and I rode the elevator up to the second floor, and as the door was closing, a fellow carrying a guitar called, "Hold it!" We held it, and he rode up with us. It was Danny Weis, filling in for the Futures' regular guitarist. They rocked that night! Weis is a master of his instrument. Blues, some rock, a touch of jazz, R&B, he can play it all.