Gary Weiner is debuting his first full length album, RELEASED AT LAST, on May 27, 2019. It will be his 70th birthday. A powerful vocalist, Gary reinterprets classic songs, giving them immediacy and new vitality. He describes this album as a “coming of (old) age story,” in which the songs progress from prophetic finger pointing towards an experience of release, and a settling in to one’s own life. The album shows influences that range from doo wop to jazz and gospel, with a particular nod to Johnny Hartman, Tom Waits, Bobby Darin, Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen.
At the 25th annual Pacific Voice Concert in the main auditorium of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Gary performs “I Shall Be Released” with Kai Eckhardt on bass, Dillon Vado, drums, Nate Dittle keys and Taylor “Libby” Cuffie on drums. All of the players have played on tracks on the album. The conference is chaired by Krzyysztof Izdebski, a speech pathologist in San Francisco who specializes in working with vocalists and who as Gary’s doctor invited him to perform at the conference’s Saturday night performance. In October 2019, Gary will perform for the conference in Cracow, Poland in a concert called “Vox Humana – Vox Sacra.”