School of Visual and Performing Arts

Tad Weed, Associate Professor of Jazz Piano

Tad Weed

Artist Tad Weed is active as a piano soloist, collaborative artist, lecturer, arranger and teacher.  He studied classical piano repertoire and composition at Central Michigan University before migrating to Los Angeles. Tad’s studies culminated in a Bachelor and Masters degree in Piano Performance and Jazz Studies from the Grove School of Music.

Tad’s discography contains over 50 records and CD’s which feature his playing as well as his arrangements and compositions.

His performing experience includes international touring as a pianist/music director for Carmen McRae, Anita O’Day, Paul Anka and Jack Jones.  He has collaborated with a number of various ensembles including Peter Soave, Charles Lloyd, Nick Brignola, Woody Herman, Mundell Lowe, John Patitucci, Vinny Golia, Ritchie Cole, Teddy Edwards, Dick Berk, Dave Bennett and the New York Pops Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and performed Astor Piazzolla tangos with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra.

Tad was on staff at Discovery Records of Los Angeles. In addition to recording and arranging, he was an accompanist and performer with many artists including Chaka Khan, Al Cohn, Kenny Burell, John Clayton, Bill Waltrous, Shorty Rogers, Jerome Richardson, Bud Shank, Stanley Turrentine, Wycliffe Gordon, John Carter, Bobby Bradford, Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Frank Morgan, David “Fathead” Newman, and many others.

Tad is an associate professor of Jazz Piano at the University of Toledo.  He has also served as Adjunct Professor on the music faculties of University of Michigan, Bowling Green State University, Western Michigan University, University of Windsor and University of Oakland.  He continues to teach and conduct jazz/composition clinics, including student summer clinics as well as performing and arranging for his groups, The Freedom Ensemble and Dobbins, Krahnke and Weed, a piano trio group.

Last Updated: 8/8/17