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Ezra Weiss Presents: Is Everybody Here? The Zoom Musical Revue


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Virtual (Ezra Weiss's Facebook Page)

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May 22, 2020, 7 p.m.

Is Everybody Here? The Zoom Musical Revue features an international cast of more than 30 creators raising money for Artist Relief Tree

 

Set in a Zoom call, Is Everybody Here? is a collaborative effort of more than 30 creators illustrating the current moment of COVID-19 in a 40-minute musical revue of ten songs. The project premieres Friday, May 22 at 7 pm PT/ 10 pm ET on pianist/composer and project producer Ezra Weiss’s Facebook page. Ranging from the awkward comedy of communicating online to the tension of a doctor self-isolating from their family, the songs’ styles range from jazz and contemporary musical theater to alternative rock and opera. The collaboration includes composers Darrell Grant, Seth Fruiterman, and Ezra Weiss; lyricists Amy Punt (LA), James W. Moore, and S. Renee Mitchell; theater artists Susannah Mars, Isaac Lamb, Thos Shipley (NYC), Sarah Jane Hardy, Elizabeth Gibbs, John Ellingson, and The Bylines; vocalists Marilyn Keller, Jimmie Herrod, Jeff Baker, Jamey Hood (LA), and Brian Smith Walters (London); and indie musicians Paul Paresa, Laryssa Birdseye, and Rebecca Sandborn (Blue Cranes, Swansea). A full list of collaborators donating their time and talent to the project is below. 

 

Weiss offers, "It's amazing to me that all of these incredible people have come together to create this on literally no budget.  I think it's because we as artists want an opportunity to react and respond to what's happening in the world around us.  I know I feel the need to say something about this pivotal moment in time, and it's important to me that we do it now while it feels most relevant.  When this is all over, I don't think any of us are going to want to deal with it at all for a long time. It feels like an important opportunity to connect — with each other as artists, with the world, with our communities."

 

Weiss asks individuals moved by the project to make a donation to the Artist Relief Tree if they are able. Artist Relief Tree is an artist-run relief fund to help artists impacted by cancellations related to COVID-19. Is Everybody Here? is presented in partnership with the Vanport Mosaic 2020 Virtual Festival.

 

FULL PROJECT CREDITS:

1. Is Everybody Here?

            Music by Darrell Grant

            Lyrics by Amy Punt

 

            Cast (in order of appearance):

            Susannah Mars, “Linda”

            Isaac Lamb, “John”

            Thos Shipley, “Andrew”

            Paul Paresa, “Gary” 

 

            Sound Design & Mix by Nick Emerson 

 

2. Within My Room

            Music and Lyrics by Jimmie Herrod

 

            Jimmie Herrod, voice

            Ezra Weiss, piano

 

3. Touch the One

            Music and Lyrics by Marianna Thielen and Reece Marshburn (The Bylines)

 

            Marianna Thielen, voice

            Reece Marshburn, piano

 

4. Safe at Home

            Music and Lyrics by Rebecca Sanborn

 

            Rebecca Sanborn, voice and piano

 

            Mix by Ji Tanzer

 

5. The New Normal

            Music and Lyrics by Ezra Weiss

 

            Jamey Hood, voice

            Ezra Weiss, piano

 

6. Rise Up

            Music and Lyrics by Jeff Baker

 

            Jeff Baker, voice and piano

 

7. The Way the World Ends

            Music by Paul Paresa

            Lyrics by James W. Moore

           

            Laryssa Birdseye, voice

            Paul Paresa, “Gary” and piano

 

8. Started with a Fever

            Music and Lyrics by Ezra Weiss

 

            Brian Smith Walters, tenor

            Ezra Weiss, piano

 

9. Notice the Lessons

            Music by Ezra Weiss

            Lyrics by S. Renee Mitchell

 

            Marilyn Keller, voice

            Ezra Weiss, piano

 

            Recorded by Jason Edwards

 

10. At Least Six Feet (“Cheek to Cheek” parody)

            Lyrics by Jeff Sanders

            Arranged by Seth Fruiterman

 

            Seth Fruiterman, voice

 

            Concept and Choreography - Sarah Jane Hardy, Elizabeth Gibbs, John Ellingson

            Filming - Nick Fenster, Elizabeth Gibbs, John Ellingson, Paul Beard

            Video Editing - Emma Sanders

  

Video Editor: Jacque Rabie

 

Producer: Ezra Weiss

 

 

 

ABOUT EZRA WEISS

Composer/pianist Ezra Weiss is “a bold, inspired figure in the contemporary jazz arranging scene.” (DownBeat) He has released seven albums as a bandleader: The Five A.M. Strut (2003), Persephone (2005), Get Happy (2007), The Shirley Horn Suite (2010), Our Path To This Moment (2012), Before You Know It [Live in Portland] (2014), and We Limit Not the Truth of God (2019). All of these CD’s have received substantial national and international acclaim from the press, and have spent significant time on the JazzWeek Radio Charts.

 

Additionally, Ezra composed the music for the Portland Jazz Composer’s Ensemble’s multimedia concert and recording, From Maxville To Vanport (2018). He also wrote the big band arrangements for Derek Hines’ recording The Long Journey Home (2017), which led to the formation of the Ezra Weiss Big Band.

 

Ezra currently leads his own big band and sextet, performing at major jazz festivals and clubs throughout the U.S., including Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Smalls, the 55 Bar, and Tonic in NYC; Ryles in Boston; Nighttown in Cleveland; Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia; The Triple Door in Seattle; Jimmy Mak’s in Portland; and the Catalina Bar and Grill in Los Angeles. His bands have featured such luminaries as trumpeters Michael Philip Mossman, Peter Evans, and Farnell Newton; saxophonists Antonio Hart, Vincent Herring, Mark Gross, and Dayna Stephens; bassists Corcoran Holt, Ameen Saleem, and Curtis Lundy; and drummers Kassa Overall, Steve Williams, Jason Brown, and Billy Hart (for whom Ezra also served as arranger), among others. He also co-led the Courtney Bryan/Ezra Weiss Jazz Orchestra in New York City.

 

Weiss has composed music and lyrics to three children’s musicals: Alice in Wonderland: a Jazz Musical (2009), Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (2010), and Cinderella (2013). All of these musicals were designed to expose young children to jazz. Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella were each named one of the Top 10 Cast Albums of 2009 and 2013 respectively by TalkinBroadway.com.

 

Weiss is a three-time winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award three times and has been listed in DownBeat Critics Polls in the Rising Star Arranger category. He holds a Bachelor’s in Jazz Composition from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Masters in Jazz Piano Performance from Queens College. His teachers have included Wendell Logan, Neal Creque, and Bruce Barth. He currently lives with his wife and two sons in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches at Portland State University.