The Ken Weaver Quartet
The gifted and versatile Ken Weaver Quartet from Columbus, Ohio has been performing together throughout Ohio for more than twelve years playing in various clubs, restaurants, festivals, and concerts. They have focused primarily on playing straight ahead as well as contemporary (smooth/funky) jazz. The Ken Weaver Quartet includes Neal Cobb on drums & percussion, Dwight Bailey on electric & acoustic bass, Otis Davenport on piano & organ and Ken Weaver, guitarist and leader of the group.
Ken Weaver is a very prolific and passionate guitarist who began playing guitar over 40 years ago in his home town of Wilmington, Ohio. A self-taught guitarist, like most young men in the 60s, he went through the various phases of learning all the styles of music such as rock, R&B, blues and jazz. His style through the years has evolved into a soulful, melodic and funky style uniquely his own.
Neal Cobb provides that solid, deep pocket rhythm to the group. He is a drummer well versed in not only in jazz, but also in blues, funk, R&B, reggae, bossa nova, and popular music.
Dwight Bailey is a child phenomenon and Detroit native, who began playing the drums at age six. At age 14, when his parents moved to Columbus, he fell in love with the electric bass and has been playing it ever since. In his formative years, his main inspiration came primarily from the gospel music he grew up with and therefore, has performed extensively with many local gospel and choir groups.
Otis Davenport began his formal piano training at Fort Hayes High School in Columbus. He continued his schooling by learning hands-on from some outstanding local musicians and teachers such as Hank Marr, Jeff Tyus, Bob Pierce, Lucy Carnes, Jim Russell, and Dave Wheeler.
All members of the Ken Weaver Quartet have been fortunate to perform with both national recording artists as well as with some of central Ohio’s finest musicians and musical groups. They have also performed and recorded with other groups as well as on their own.