Anthony Weller (born September 18, 1957, Macon, Georgia) is a jazz and classical guitarist and composer. He first studied the guitar at Phillips Exeter with Walter Spalding, and began playing professionally at 18. He took a degree in music at Yale, then moved to New York, where he was active performing and recording in both genres. Weller also trained extensively as a composer with Julián Orbón for ten years, and has written works for piano, orchestra, voice, and chamber ensembles, as well as solo guitar; in 1977 his background score for three Tennessee Williams plays was honored by a circle of Atlanta theater critics. He left New York to spend several years in Amsterdam and Paris, and is now based in the Boston area.
On classical guitar Weller was a longtime disciple of the virtuoso Rey de la Torre, one of the great guitarists of the 20th century and the most eminent disciple of Miguel Llobet, and completed the highly-praised De la Torre edition of the Carcassi studies for Orphée Publications. Weller is currently preparing a companion edition of Sor studies. He has concertized and taught all over the world and premiered the work of composers Julián Orbón, David Erlanger, Steven Kinigstein, and Robert J. Bradshaw. He also performs with the Boston Artists Ensemble, and with flamenco guitarists Valdemar Phoenix and Peter Regis in Guitarramania. He contributed a master class and a concert to both the 2004 and 2006 Newport Guitar Festivals.
He plays concert guitars made by John F. Mello (www.johnfmello.com), Michael Cone (www.coneguitar.com), and Francisco Navarro Garcia.
Weller’s main jazz studies were with Allen Hanlon and Ike Isaacs; he has also studied with Pat Martino and Tuck Andress. Another influence has been his friendships with London guitarist John Etheridge, with whom he has given concerts in the USA and the Middle East, and with legendary solo guitarist Tommy Crook of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He regularly collaborates with Turkish Cypriot pianist Arman Ratip, playing a hybrid of jazz and Turkish folk music.
While often performing solo, Weller is also part of four prominent groups. As a member of the Jon Jarvis Trio he has recorded with violinist Stéphane Grappelli and appeared in New York’s JVC Jazz Festival and at Birdland. He is co-founder of Chamber Jazz, with trombonist Philip Swanson and reedman Michael Rossi. Since 1995 he has been guitarist with the trio of eminent trumpeter Herb Pomeroy. More recently he has joined forces with vocalist Maggie Galloway and bassist Bob Nieske. He duos frequently with clarinetist Billy Novick, and bassist Thomas Hebb. Over the years he has also performed with Joel DiBartolo, Evan Ziporyn, and Brian Torff.
Weller is a worldwide endorser of Thomastik-Infeld classical and jazz guitar strings, and of Höfner jazz guitars. For years he taught both jazz and classical guitar at Brandeis University; he now only teaches privately.
To inquire about music lessons, concerts, gigs, scores, or recordings, please send Anthony an e-mail.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY
“A brilliant classical guitarist who... brings a wonderful technique and intelligence to his jazz playing. A superb musician with focus and drive... very creative.” — Herb Pomeroy
"A great guitarist." — Ñico Rojas
“Lovely... an uncanny sense of pace and volume.” — Downbeat
“The audience held its collective breath while he played, and kept Weller for a standing ovation and three encores.” — Istanbul Times
“An outstanding jazz and classical guitarist.” — James Sallis, author of The Guitar Players
“Virtuosity used for the sake of the music.” — Tuck Andress
“Stylish, elegant playing.” — The Boston Globe
“Weller’s reputation for artistry and scholarship has been well-earned.” — Macon Telegraph and News