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Into It. Over It. Announces North American Tour

Chicago-based, Philadelphia-raised indie-punk songwriter Evan Thomas Weiss, aka Into It. Over It., has announced plans to tour the US and Canada opening for UK-based Epitaph recording artist Frank Turner and American folk punk band Andrew Jackson Jihad. The tour, which stretches from late September to early November, follows Weiss' recent set of dates supporting Fake Problems, Pomegranates, Laura Stevenson and The Cans, Mansions and more.

In addition to the upcoming dates, Weiss and Into It. Over It. have announced plans to begin recording their debut full length album with producer Ed Rose (Get Up Kids, The Appleseed Cast, The Casket Lottery) at Blacklodge Studios in Eudora, KS. Tracking on the new record begins June 25th and lasts through July 9th, and will be released Fall 2011 on No Sleep Records.

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Into It. Over It. Live!

w/ I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody's Business, Mansions
5/31 Off Broadway St Louis, MO
6/1 Mad Hatter Covington, KY
6/2 Smiling Moose Pittsburgh, PA
6/3 Jammin Java Vienna, VA
6/4 North Star Bar Philadelphia, PA

w/ Frank Turner and Andrew Jackson Jihad
09/20/2011 Danbury CT Heirloom Arts Theater
09/21/2011 New York NY Bowery Ballroom
09/222011 Millvale PA Mr Smalls
09/23/2011 Baltimore MD Ottobar
09/24/2011 Richmond VA Canal Club
09/25/2011 West Colombia SC New Brookland Tavern
09/27/2011 Orlando FL The Social
09/29/2011 Fort Lauderdale FL Culture Room
09/30/2011 Tampa FL Crowbar
10/01/2011 Atlanta GA Masquerade
10/03/2011 Austin TX Emo's
10/04/2011 Dallas TX The Loft
10/05/2011 Oklahoma City OK Conservatory
10/06/2011 Kansas City MO The Record Bar
10/07/2011 Denver CO Marquis Theater
10/08/2011 Albuquerque NM Launchpad
10/10/2011 Phoenix AZ Rhythm Room
10/11/2011 Pomona CA Glass House
10/12/2011 San Diego CA Soma
10/13/2011 Los Angeles CA El Rey Theater
10/14/2011 San Francisco CA Slim's
10/15/2011 Portland OR Hawthorne Theater
10/16/2011 Seattle WA Neumos
10/17/2011 Vancouver BC Biltmore Cabaret
10/19/2011 Edmonton AB Starlite Room
10/20/2011 Calgary AB Republik
10/21/2011 Regina SK The Exchange
10/22/2011 Winnipeg MB West End Cultural Center
10/23/2011 Minneapolis MN Triple Rock
10/25/2011 Milwaukee WI Turner Hall
10/26/2011 Chicago IL Bottom Lounge
10/27/2011 Detroit MI Magic Stick
10/28/2011 Toronto ON The Phoenix
10/29/2011 Montreal QC Corona
10/30/2011 Ottawa ON Maverick's
10/31/2011 Quebec City QC Cercle
11/02/2011 Cambridge MA Middle East
11/04/2011 Philadelphia PA Theater Of Living Arts

Michael Weiss Trio Performs at the Kitano

Pianist and composer Michael Weiss leads a trio in tribute to the late, great Detroit pianists Hank Jones and Tommy Flanagan at the Kitano New York.  Joining Weiss are bassist George Mraz, who was a member of trios led by both Jones and Flanagan, and drummer Dennis Mackrel, a former member of Jones' trio.

The suave and sophisticated styles of Flanagan and Jones have left an important imprint on Weiss, who considers both pianists to have been mentors. Weiss enjoys a similar relationship with another hero of Detroit, Barry Harris, who, like Flanagan and Jones, shares an affinity for Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk and mining a rich trove of neglected standards. Flanagan thought highly enough of Weiss that that he often attended his younger colleague's performances, including his 1992 Merkin Hall concert entitled "Rediscovered Rarities: Monk, Bud and Bird." When Flanagan was hospitalized briefly at one point, he even sent his wife to Bradley’s, the premiere piano room of the day in New York, to take note of Weiss’ repertoire. Last year Weiss and Jones shared the stage on the European festival circuit.

While Weiss still loves to draw from his unusually deep knowledge of jazz tunes and standards, his repertoire since the mid ‘90s has leaned toward his original compositions, which favor a meticulous attention to detail, rich harmonic schemes, formal ingenuity and imaginative melodic and rhythmic development. Still, while his writing has become fleshed out with a broader range of ideas and influences, his improvisations have never shed his bop-oriented roots. For this engagement, Weiss will perform a mix of originals, standards and selections by Thad Jones, Hank's  brother and a favorite composer of both Flanagan and Jones.

The Kitano is located at 66 Park Avenue. Set times are 8 and 10 p.m.There is a $25 cover charge and a $15 minimum.  For reservations and more information: (212) 885-7119.  For more information about Weiss, please click here.

MORE BACKGROUND:

A native of Dallas, Texas, pianist and composer Michael Weiss’s extensive resume includes work with Johnny Griffin, Art Farmer, Frank Wess, Slide Hampton, Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, the Jazztet, Lou Donaldson, Charles McPherson, Von Freeman, George Coleman, Joe Wilder, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra,  Junior Cook and Bill Hardman. Weiss made his Village Vanguard debut as a leader in 2006 with his quintet. Reviewing the ensemble's performance, New York Times critic Nate Chinen praised Weiss' composing, playing and bandleading skills, noting that "he demonstrated a strong sense of leadership and organization." Chinen also wrote that Weiss was "a confident and sometimes sparkling presence on piano" and that his playing exhibited "sensitivity and logic, along with crisp control."

Groups led by Weiss have performed at the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Stanford Jazz Festival, the Smithsonian Institution, NPR’s "Jazzset," and in New York at the Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Jazz Standard, Jazz Gallery, Smoke, WNYC and WQXR. In 2000, Weiss was awarded the BMI/Monk Institute Composers Competition grand prize, presented to him by Wayne Shorter for his piece, “El Camino,” which appears on Weiss' latest CD, “Soul Journey.” With influences as varied as Scriabin, Szymanowski and Shorter, Weiss' compositions focus on extended forms, thematic development and attention to detail. In 2003 Weiss was a recipient of the Doris Duke/Chamber Music America New Works grant, for which he wrote the suite “Three Doors.”

Weiss has recorded four albums as a leader, including “Soul Journey” (Sintra), “Milestones” (Steeplechase), “Power Station” (DIW) and “Presenting Michael Weiss” (Criss Cross). He has also recorded widely as a sideman, including four CDs with Johnny Griffin and dates with Charles McPherson, Frank Wess, Ronnie Cuber and others.