Hal Weary

Hal Weary – piano
Kenyatta Beasley – Trumpet
Stantawn Kendrick – Saxophone
Ivan Taylor – Bass
Jerome Jennings – Drums
The Hal Weary Quintet will perform the music of Thelonius Monk and
celebrating the birthday of Thelonius Monk and also Hal Weary. Weary
is an American pianist and composer who was immersed in a musical family,which cultivated his passion for music. Owen Cordle, music critic for the New York NewsObserver writes, “Like Ray Charles, Horace Silver, Richard Tee, James Williams and Cyrus Chestnut, Hal Weary has the gospel sound in his piano playing and writing.” Weary began formal lessons at the age of 10, but gained his earliest professional experience playing gospel in his
hometown at the age of 5. Weary received a B.A. in Music degree from San Jose State University and Master of Music degree from William Paterson University where he studied with jazz legends Harold Mabern, James Williams, and Dr. Billy Taylor, among other great jazz innovators. He also won numerous awards and high recognition at festivals and competitions
around the world. Currently, Weary is performing with world-class
musicians from around the globe. Possessing a strong foundation in stride, bebop, hard-bop, and post-bop he has also explored Afro-Cuban rhythms, World music, and other directions with various ensembles. Hal Weary brings a distinctly artistic touch to his jazz compositions and piano playing. His feathery keyboard touch is coupled with a lot of power and passion, a complete understanding of the blues and improvisation.