SAM WEBER joined JTE in 1986 and performed with the Ensemble through 1998, with several return engagements all the way through 2008. He first created ‘Daahoud’ (excerpt Disc 1)in collaboration with Lynn Dally, and then proceeded to create over a dozen dazzling solos, each carefully crafted with the band, (including Bach Italian Concerto (disc 3) and in 1995, he continued his long collaboration with Musical Director Jerry Kalaf to create “Hands On.” (disc 2).
Sam Weber was a protege of tap master Stan Kahn in San Francisco, and studied in NY at the Juilliard School. He came to the Ensemble with a long history of performance in ballet, theater, and television.
During his tenure, he developed a new technique for tap dancing and grew to immense popularity as a teacher and performer throughout Europe and the U.S. Sam performed with the luminaries including Honi Coles, Gregory Hines, Steve Condos, Jimmy Slyde, Bunny Briggs, and the Nicholas Brothers.
Sam was the first tap dancer to receive the coveted NY Performance Award, the “Bessie” in 1994 for excellence in performance during one of his many seasons with JTE at the Joyce.