KEN WEAVER: Guitarist
After graduating from Wilmington College in 1973 with a Bachelor's in Education, Ken moved to Columbus, Ohio The first musical group he hooked-up with in Columbus was organist, Alvin Valentine. Valentine's group included Bobby Alston (trumpet), Gene Walker (sax), and Joe Ong (drums) and Ken on guitar. During that time, many national artists would come to town, sit-in with the group as they played weekly at popular clubs known as Club Faces, Needles Eye, The Jazz Living Room, and Stardust Lounge.
Ken's been fortunate to perform with many other fine Central Ohio musicians and musical groups including the late Grover Washington, Rusty Bryant, Jimmy Carter, L.G. Scott, Wilbert Longmire, Jeanette Williams, Mary McClendon, Johnnie Lytle, Joe Hunter, Tony Monaco, Jimmy Foster, Bobby Floyd, Urban Jazz Coalition, Dave Powers, Roger Baccus, Phil Raney, Sabina Tutstone, Bob Mills, Andrew Waters, Adria Shahid, and the Gene Walker's Generations.
Those were great learning and playing experiences that Ken enjoyed and that made him into a more thoughtful, well-rounded, skilled guitarist before starting his own group--The Ken Weaver Trio, with Neal Cobb on drums and Otis Davenport on keyboards and piano. Ken's trio has played throughout central Ohio at venues such as, The Clock, Courthouse Square, Brownstone, and The Old Mohawk, all in downtown Columbus, Ohio and, Olivia's (New Albany), Fisherman's Wharf (Upper Arlington), and Lindey's (German Village) to name just a few. Then in 1996, Ken collaborated with the very talented bassist Dwight Bailey and the trio became the Ken Weaver Quartet. As such, they have been seen and heard at the Jazz & Rib Festival, Creekside Jazz & Blues Festival, the Wooster Arts & Jazz Festival, King Arts Heritage Concert Series, Pickerington Jazz & Rib Festival, Dayton Art Museum Artist Series, Chocolate Nut Cracker Production (Veterans Memorial) and at corporate and non-profit events, private parties, and at numerous clubs and restaurants throughout Ohio and the Mid-West.
“Your selection of tunes and the subsequent musical arrangements provided the "WOW" factor I was looking for in this event....Thanks once again for a job well done! ”
“As always, your professional service and the awesome talents of your quartet were greatly appreciated. You and your quartet did a superb job! ”
NEAL COBB: Drummer
In his high school years, he found his true calling for the sticks. He would perform with his high school marching band at half-time, only to leave immediately following the half-time show to perform in local venues at the age 15. He played professionally with a local band in the early 70"s,The Rhythem Masters featuring Donna Bates.
Neal gradually moved on to play in the local jazz scene with notable artists such as Bobbie Shaw, Alvin Valentine, Bobby Austen, Gene Walker, Bobby Floyd, Mary McClendon, Jeannette Williams, Dave Powers and Carl Sally. Neal Cobb is a drummer well versed not only in jazz but also in blues, funk, Fr & B, bossa nova, and popular music. Ken says, "I love that solid, deep pocket rhythm Neal provides to the group and I've thoroughly enjoyed playing with Neal since 1992".
Otis Davenport: Keyboardist & Pianist
Dwight Bailey: Bassist
During his college years at the Ohio State University, he was exposed to many outstanding jazz artists in the music degree program who inspired him to learn more about jazz & honed his skills as a bassist. Thus, began his study of the double bass and playing in jazz trios and groups with OSU fellow classmates,James Gaiters and Edwin Bayard.
Dwight's mentors over the years include Dr. Milton Ruffin, Dr. Paul Robinson, Keven Turner, Kenny Banks, Elgee Scott, Bobby Floyd, Billy Brown, Eddie Brookshire, Cornell Wiley, Victor Wooten, and Dr. John. He has traveled extensively throughout the world performing with Dr. John and with the Sarah Morrow Quintet.