Don Weller

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b. 19 December 1940, Croydon, Surrey, England. After studying classical clarinet Weller switched to tenor saxophone, playing jazz with Kathy Stobart. By the late 60s he had become an important figure…
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b. 19 December 1940, Croydon, Surrey, England. After studying classical clarinet Weller switched to tenor saxophone, playing jazz with Kathy Stobart. By the late 60s he had become an important figure on the UK jazz scene, working extensively with Stan Tracey, Art Themen and others. During the 70s Weller continued to play with Tracey, also led his own jazz rock group, Major Surgery, and regularly played straight jazz gigs with his quartet. In subsequent decades he continued to lead his quartet and big band, and also worked with Bryan Spring, Bobby Wellins and Alan Barnes, appearing at London clubs and festivals at venues throughout the UK.

A powerful player with a robust sound which reflects his burly physical appearance, Weller is one of the best post-bop tenor saxophonists to emerge in the UK. Although well-known and respected by visiting American jazz musicians, he has yet to make an appreciable impact upon international audiences.