Don Weller is a veteran of the British jazz scene as a tenor sax player, composer and band leader. He is a festival favourite and his big band has to be heard. Besides leading his own groups he began a long association with Stan Tracey... in 1976 and recorded with a number of Stan's groups through the 1970s, '80s and '90s. He also worked and recorded with Clark Tracey and vocalist Tina May in the 1990s.|
Don Weller has led his own groups, often quartets with Bryan Spring, and a quintet with tenor player Art Themen. Through his long career he has worked with many well known jazz names including Alan Barnes and Bobby Wellins.
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The listing below is not intended to be a full discography of Don Weller but lists recordings that may be of interest to visitors to this website...
Michael Garrick Quartet - May 19th, 1978 (You've changed - Hep 2011)|
Don Weller (ts), Michael Garrick (p), Chris Lawrence (b), Alan Jackson (d).
Third Floor Richard*/You've Changed*/Rhythm-a-ning*/Like Someone In Love*/Michael's Song*/On Green Dolphin Street*/Soft Awakening.
(*Hep CD - You've changed)
Weller / Spring Quartet - July 3rd and 5th, 1979 (Commit No Nuisance - Affinity AFF44)
Don Weller (ts), Martin Blackwell (p), Roy Babbington (b), Bryan Spring (d).
Smudgley/Fruit/Like Someone In Love/Commit No Nuisance/young Mum's Bum's/you've Changed.
(Affinity CD - Commit No Nuisance)
Mick Pyne Quartet - March 23rd, 1987 (A Little Blue - Miles Music MM073)
Don Weller (ts), Mick Pyne (p), Ron Mathewson (b), Mark Taylor (d).
Another Nice Mess/Space In time/Di's Waltz/Red Zinger/A Little Blue/Nothing Less Than Love.
Recorded live at the Bulls Head...
The Don Weller Big Band - October 7th and 8th, 1996 ("Live" - 33JAZZ032)
Gerard Presencer, Henry Lowther, Steve Waterman, Patrick White (tp), Mark Nightingale, Malcolm Griffiths, Pete Beachill, Andy Fawbert (tb), Peter King, Nigel Hitchcock (as), Don Weller, Art Themen, Mornington Lockett (ts), Alan Barnes (bs), David Newton (p), Andrew Cleyendert (b), Bryan Spring (d).
Four By Three/Fruit/Susa/Bongate Song/Haytiming/Glowsy Roe/High Force.
(33JAZZ CD - "Live")
Recorded live at Wakefield Jazz Club this CD was re-issued in 2015 as part ofthe ASC labels 20th anniversary celebrations re-releasing popular out of print recordings...
Newton / Tracey Band - April 22nd, 1998 (Bootleg Eric - ASCCD155)
Guy Barker (tp), Mark Nightingale (tb), Don Weller, Iain Dixon (ts), Alan Barnes (cl,as,bs) Dave Newton (p), Andy Cleyndert (b), Clark Tracey (d).
What You Will/Faith In Alec/Bootleg Eric/College Groove/Springs Eternal/Blue Trinity.
(ASC CD - Bootleg Eric)
Recorded live at Wakefield Jazz Club...
Alan Barnes / Don Weller Band - December 5th, 2000 (Cannonball - ASC36)
Steve Fishwick (tp), Alan Barnes (as,bs), Don Weller (ts), John Donaldson (p), Alec Dankworth (b), Steve Brown (d).
Worksong/Jubilation/Clouds/Dis Here/Azule Serape/Blue Daniel/Dat Dere/Jive Samba.
(ASC CD - Cannonball Barnes/Weller Band)
The Don Weller Quartet - early 2000s (The Way You're Going To Look Tomorrow Morning - Trio)
Don Weller (ts), David Newton (p), Andrew Cleyendert (b),Dave Barry (d).
The Way You Look Tonight/Skip Trip/The Second Time Around/Ol' Blue Eyes/S'our Song/Zag Zig/Hey There/Legacy/Gloesy Roe.
(Trio CD - The Way You're Going To Look Tomorrow Morning)