Drummer, Philip Weightman, best known for his ability to steer a groove with metronomic, yet breathable precision. A consummate artist, known for evocative solos, Weightman is well-versed in Jazz, R&B, Country and Rock essentials. But his skill extends well beyond those popular idioms, thus garnering him gigs with such diverse acts as the Longmont Symphony Orchestra and blues phenomenon, Sammy Mayfield.
This drum-titan hit the road in 1973, touring across the United States with the popular Chicago band, The End following post-secondary study at Kennedy King College where he majored in music education. He moved to Denver in 1975 and began playing with Joe Keel & the Action Orchestra. He continued to perform with other regional groups while also touring Eastern European with Sammy Mayfield and renowned blues man, Solomon Burke, followed by a stint in Japan with the Hit City Band. Philip has been a rhythmic motivational force for local musical icons such as the infamous Freddi & Henchi Band & the Hot Lunch Band.
Having showcased his signature solid grooves at top music festivals, including Breckenridge Genuine Jazz, Janus Jazz Aspen, Telluride Blues and Brews Fest, Lodo Music Fest, Taste of Colorado and The CHUN People’s Fair, Weightman has opened for and performed in conjunction with Stanley Clark, Jonathan Butler, The Jazz Crusaders, the Gap Band, Pieces of a Dream, Rick James and Tony, Toni, Tone to reveal a few. Philip is the go-to drummer for live and session work, having contributed writing and arrangement expertise for such artists as Andrew Wolfolk, formerly of Earth, Wind and Fire.
While the foregoing accolades are duly warranted, it is Philip’s giving heart, reliability and team-player spirit; however, that sets him apart from the average drummer. Mr. Weightman regarded as a ‘singer’s drummer’ for his fine technique, finesse and sensitivity to a singer’ needs, has reunited with THE HOT LUNCH BAND (http://thehotlunchband.com) after six gratifying years with the Hazel Miller Band. Weightman is also in the process of finally producing his first solo project with a projected mid-summer 2010 release…His current set is as follows: YAMAHA TOUR CUSTOM 8,10,12,14,16 toms 22x14 & 22x18 Bass drums… 6½ x13 oak snare & 6 1/2 x 13 steel snare. EVANS heads…SOULTONE CYMBALS for that unique sound and cutting edge that I need no matter what style I am doing. THANKS SOULTONE