In September 2007, Weingart announced a new jazz/funk band. The STEVE WEINGART BAND features Steve Weingart, keyboards; Eric Valentine, drums; Jimmy Earl, bass; Kevin Levi, saxophone; Toshi Yanagi, guitar. Steve Weingart's new band will be performing their first show at La Ve Lee, Studio City, CA on Thursday, September 13, 2007.
Weingart also leads "Nu Alliance" featuring Frank Gambale (Guitar) Tom Brechtlein (Drums) Carlitos Del Puerto (Bass), Mike Miller (Guitar) & Steve Weingart (Keyboards). Nu Alliance are currently performing tracks from my recent release "Dark Blue Dream" and compositions by Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea & Frank Gambale.
In addition to touring across the United States with Warren Hill, Steve also frequently performs Jazz/Funk/Soul/Latin/Fusion with the Marco Mendoza Trio featuring Marco Mendoza (Bass, Vocals), Joey Heredia (Drums, Percussion) & Steve Weingart (Keyboards).
Other than spending time with his wife, Renee Jones, Steve Weingart lists his passions to include music, modern art (Dali, Magritte and Monet are some favorites), comedy, keeping fit, and Harley Davidsons.
On his career so far, Weingart reveals "I started playing piano at a very young age, and took classical piano lessons until I graduated high school. I still really enjoy playing and studying classical music. (Ravel, Scriabin, Debussy, and Copland to mention a few).
During my young years I heard a lot of great pop, rock, progressive, jazz and jazz fusion music. As a keyboardist, I gravitated toward artists like Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, and Steve Wonder. Besides being amazing composers and improvisors, they were making cool sounds exploring and pioneering how synthesizers are used today.
I began my professional music career in Cincinnati, Ohio. I went there to go to college, but began playing so much I couldn't keep the 'double life' of a student and gigging musician. I gave up school and built up a career working in many different musical situations until I moved to Los Angeles in 1994.
There I began meeting musicians and getting into the music scene. One of my key experiences was with the Marco Mendoza Trio. (Marco-bass & vocals, Joey Heredia-drums) I met a lot of musicians who came to see the trio. As a result, I went on to work in many other bands which include the "Dave Weckl Band, and Steve Lukather's "El Grupo". In the midst of all of this work, I began to feel the desire to "do my own thing", so in the early part of 2003 I released my first solo CD called "Life Times Vol. 1". I continued to write music for, and tour with other bands. I also worked toward my next solo endeavor, "Dark Blue Dream", which I released recently. (October 2006) This release features Frank Gambale-guitar, Jimmy Earl-bass, and Tom Brechtlein-drums. There are guest appearances by Ernie Watts-saxophone, Ronnie Gutierrez-percussion and my wife, Renee Jones-bass and vocals.
I see I didn't talk about art or Harleys... sometime soon?
Steve Weingart, Los Angeles, December 2006"
Discography: as a leader: -Life Times Vol.1 -Dark Blue Dream (These CDs can be found at: www.steveweingart.com, www.amazon.com, www.cdbaby.com, www.audiophileimports.com, www.abstractlogix.com)
with the Dave Weckl Band: -Transition -Perpetual Motion -Live, and Very Plugged In -Multiplicity
with El Grupo (Steve Lukather, Joey heredia, Oskar Cartaya): -Live (available at: http://cdbaby.com/cd/elgrupo)
with the Howland/Imboden Project: (members of the band "Chicago") -The Howland/Imboden Project (1 track) (available at: http://cdbaby.com/cd/howland -Live at the Baked Potato (available at: http://cdbaby.com/cd/howland2)
Some of the other people that I've played with:
Chaka Khan - Frank Gambale - Scott Henderson - Eric Marienthal - Kenny Rankin - Jimmy Earl - Ernie Watts - Alain Caron - Michael Ruff - Warren Hill - Marilyn Scott -Jimmy Haslip - Terry Lynn Carrington - Jason Scheff - Keith Howland - Robben Ford - John Pattituci - Bunny Brunel - Tony MacAlpine - Virgil Donati - Steve Lukather - Marco Mendoza - Joey Heredia - Oskar Cartaya - Simon Phillips - Dave Weckl
Equipment & Gear
Keyboards: Yamaha S90 Yamaha Motif 7 Clavia Nord Lead 2 *New* Waldorf Q+ Roland XP-50 Korg Trinity Pro X Sequitial Circuits Prophet 5 Rhodes Chroma Steinway & Sons Model B Grand Piano
Modules: Roland S760 Roland JV-1080 Roland D-550 Roland JD-990 Korg Wavestation SR Yamaha MU90R Alesis DM Pro
Recording Equipment: Macintosh-G4 800 Computer Mark of the Unicorn-Digital Performer Mark of the Unicorn-2408 Audio Systems Mark of the Unicorn-Midi Express XT Shure KSM44 Mics for Acoustic Piano Recording