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Jimmy Weinstein – Musicista,Compositore, nasce a Chicago, Il USA.
Polistrumentista (Batteria, piano, chitarra) inizia lo studio del pianoforte e del violoncello all'eta' di 7 anni. A 12 anni autodidatta con chitarra, basso e batteria. Nell''86 frequenta il Berklee College of Music di Boston, studiando con Alan Dawson e Joe Hunt e Max Roach. Leader dei propri gruppi in tour negli USA, Giappone ed Europa, nel 1994 pubblica il cd firmato Jimmy Weinstein Group, "Nostalgia" con il saxtenorista Chris Cheek (Accurate Records) per il quale la rivista specializzata DownBeat definisce il nostro «infaticabile e fantasioso drummer»; segue "Sound Emotion" per la GM Recordings, prodotto da Gunther Schuller. Prolifico compositore anche di colonne sonore per film e cortometraggi.
Il gruppo attuale di Weinstein e' il "workshop continuo" Jimmy Weinstein's Traveling School Band che consiste di studenti e/o musicisti/professori che si riunisce per lavorare insieme regolarmente localmente e in tour.

Molteplici le configurazioni musicali che Weinstein in cui e' attivo, tra cui il quartetto d'improvvisazione melodica "NAM", l'avant-post-punk band "Dahlia and the Llamas", ed il trio sax-batteria-basso Renzi/Weinstein/Kamaguchi, il cui album "Lines and Ballads" è stato votato dalla rivista spagnola "Cuadernos de Jazz" quale miglior disco rivelazione del 2000. Altre collaborazioni discografiche con Satoko Fujii, Natsuki Tamura, Ben Monder, Ahmed Abdullah e Diaspora, Alex Harding's Free Flow con Chris Dahlgren, Marco Tindiglia, e Frank Carlberg. Inoltre importanti incontri di valore didattico sono stati quelli con Jaco Pastorious, Paul Bley, David Liebman, Yusef Lateef, Peter Erskine, Bob Moses, Karl Berger, Bob Thomas and Nasyr Abdul Al-khabyyr

Drummer/composer, Jimmy Weinstein was born in Chicago, IL. he moved with his wandering family from Chicago to Europe, back to California and later to Spain. As a child he studied piano and cello. At age 13 he taught himself drums and guitar, and played in school bands and musicals. After finishing high school in Spain he went to England to pursue a career as a yacht designer, which eventually landed him a job in New York City where he began to study jazz, working as a designer by day and studying at the Drummer’s Collective and Barry Harris’ Jazz Cultural Theater by night. He also studied and jammed with bop saxophonist Clarence"C" Sharpe during that time. In 1986 he moved to Boston and attended Berklee, where he studied jazz with Joe Hunt and drumset technique with world renowned maestro, Alan Dawson. Later he played in small and large ensembles directed by Max Roach. Over the course of time, didactic encounters with Jaco Pastorious, Paul Bley, David Liebman, Yusef Lateef, Bob Brookmeyer, Peter Erskine, Bob Moses, Karl Berger, and Nasyr Abdul Al-khabyyr have had a major influence on him. After completing a degree at Berklee, he was encouraged by Brookmeyer to "get a gig" by going out to play in the street. He took this advice very seriously and embarked on a 3 year experience of playing the streets of Cambridge, Boston and Brooklyn. This is how he developed his sound, and concept often spending 12 hours a day experimenting with diverse and unusual formations. Street bands frequently included Jeff Parker, Oscar Noriega, Andrew d’Angelo, Don Houge and guitarist Elie Massias with whom he formed his first band, Jimmy Weinstein Group with bassist Masa Kamaguchi and saxophonist Chris Cheek. In 1993 he moved back to New York, and recorded his group’s first album, Nostalgia. The album was critically acclaimed in Downbeat, Jazz Times and other publications. Critic John Andrews called him a "restless, inventive drummer" and praised the album highly. Modern Drummer wrote "Weinstein successfully explores the noir-ish balance of dangling space and interaction". A follow-up recording Sound Emotion was produced by Gunther Schuller. As a development of his group and sound, this album featured mostly the leader’s compositions. To date Weinstein has recorded over 20 albums as a leader or sideman, on labels which include, Fresh Sound, Clean Feed, CIMP, Accurate, Splasch, GM, and Philology While re-based in Brooklyn, Weinstein cultivated experimental groups that performed in New York and toured Europe and Japan. In 1998 he co-founded the quartet, NAM with Ahmed Abdullah, Alex Harding and Masa Kamaguchi. New CD’s have been released on Weinstein’s own Xaloc Music by Natural Conicidence a quintet featuring Satoko Fujii and Natsuki Tamura; Baby Jackson, a studio produced duo with his wife vocalist Lilli Santon. A new trio CD with, Francesco Guaiana (guitar) and Luca Lo Bianco (bass), collectively known as Hitch_Hikers released in early 2007. Other projects and associations: Dahlia and the Llamas, Ahmed Abdullah’s Diaspora, Ben Monder, Matt Renzi, Alex Harding’s Free Flow, Frank Carlberg and Christine Correa. Jimmy also led the experimental trio RED that featured New York reedman Oscar Noriega and Chicago based omni-dimensional guitarist Jeff Parker. The most recent agregation is with guitar experimentalist Sten Hosfalt and poet/trombonist Raymond Todd in a series of "free associated ensembles". Since 2002 Weinstein has been developing Traveling School, with his wife vocalist, Liliana Santon. The initiative collaborates with artists to perform workshops focused on improvisation as a therapeutic vehicle. Weinstein has produced 5 albums for the Barcelona based Fresh Sound label including cd’s by pianist extraordinaire Roberta Piket and tenor saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart in addition to his own undertakings, most notably with Renzi/Weinstein/Kamaguchi (RWK). The later receiving a myriad of stellar reviews including album of the year in 2000 from the Spanish publication Cuadernos de Jazz for their CD Lines and Ballads (FSNT 065). Weinstein has also composed scores for the independent feature films, Under The Bridge (1997) and Riding the Rails (1997).

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