"Jerry Weldon is one of today's leading proponents of Soul Jazz who represents the 'bar-walkin', hard-blowing, tenor legends in our contemporary American Jazz scene." ~Gary Walker, WBGO Radio

Veteran tenor sax man Jerry Weldon joined the legendary Lionel Hampton Orchestra in 1981 and has worked with dozens of jazz luminaries over the past three plus decades. In 1990, Jerry joined Harry Connick Jr.'s newly formed big band and now, Jerry can be seen daily as part of the “house band” on HARRY, Connick’s new daytime variety show. Jer can also regularly be found gigging, both as a leader and a sideman, at clubs in the New York area...and beyond.  

"A thoughtful soloist whose subtle swing has plenty of fiber." 
~Ira Gitler, The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz.

"...one of the strongest tenormen on the scene today."
~ MVD Entertainment Group

 "When it comes to tenor saxophone sounds, Jerry Weldon has one of the biggest, and warmest, around."
~ The Star Ledger
February Gigs

February Gigs

Previous events

The Rob Bargad Reunion 7tet with Jerry Weldon

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Smalls , 183 W. 10th Street, New York, NY

After studying piano for 3 years with Kenny Barron at Rutgers University, Rob moved to New York City in 1984. Besides leading his own quartet, he served as accompanist for singing legends Little Jimmy Scott and Dakota Staton. In 1987 he joined the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, with whom he toured the United States, Europe and Japan. And in 1991, Rob joined the Nat Adderley Quintet, with whom he remained for 8 years, touring the world and recording 8 CDs.

Along the way, Rob has performed, toured and/or recorded with: the Harper Brothers, Jimmy Cobb's Mobb, Gloria Lynne, Jeannie Bryson, Roy Hargrove, Laverne Butler, the Walter Booker Quintet, Bud Shank, Curtis Fuller, Keiji Matsushima, Yoichi "Monkey" Kobayashi, Scotty Wright and pop singer/songwriter Justin Tracy.

The Reunion Septet consists of ROB BARGAD (piano) // JOE MAGNARELLI (trumpet) // DAVE SCHUMACHER (baritone sax) // JERRY WELDON (tenor sax) // MIKE KARN (bass) // JASON BROWN (drums) // DANIEL SADOWNICK (percussion)

"Louis Louis Louis" Jerry Weldon with Jumaane Smith

The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjaman Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA

Musician Jumaane Smith celebrates the origins of jump blues and jazz with new renditions of timeless classics by Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, and Louis Jordan, as well as original music he composed just for tonight’s show.

A trumpeter and vocalist from Seattle, Smith trained at the Juilliard School of Music and studied privately with Wynton Marsalis. Over the past 15 years, he has established himself as a top call lead trumpeter with performance and recording credits that include collaborations with Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, and other notable artists. Smith has performed on five Grammy–winning records, and he’s bringing his talents back to the Barnes for a high-energy evening!

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