Sandy Weltman

Biography

Sandy Weltman's harmonica talents are diverse to say the least. While at home in the jazz realm, he is equally skilled in blues, bluegrass, Klezmer, Latin and more. Sandy learned much of his harmonica styling while under the tutelage of harmonica wizard Howard Levy. Sandy has gained national and international recognition through his progressive and eclectic approaches to the harmonica. He has also won numerous awards and is equally skilled on the banjo, the mandolin and a wide variety of percussive instruments.

Sandy has performed on dozens of albums nationally and has released four albums of his own: "Banjo Magic" (1987), "Escape Velocity" with his own band “The SanDROIDS” (1996), "New World Harmonica Jazz" with The Carolbeth Trio (1998) and "The Klezmer Nuthouse" (2002). He also performed on harmonica and electric mandolin for 7 years as a member of “Farshid Etniko” a world music group that has been called "The Persian Grateful Dead".

Currently Sandy fronts his own gypsy/jazz quartet called

“Hot Club Caravan”. He also performs solo and in assorted duo and trio combinations. Sandy has opened for and performed with performed with: Howard Levy, Richard Hayman, Brewer & Shipley, Bela Fleck, Bluegrass Alliance, Norman & Nancy Blake, Beau Soleil, Peter Ostrushko, Cassandra Wilson, Trio Globo, Hot Rize, Leon Redbone, Victor Wooten, John Hartford and many others.

“Weltman deserves Praise as a soloist; his harmonica playing leaps out into inventive melodic territory while expressing the emotions inherent in the song.”

• St. Louis Post Dispatch

“Weltman stretches the limits of the instrument by following his mentor Howard Levy as a pioneer of the basic 10-hole diatonic harmonica.”

• The Riverfront Times

"Sandy Weltman is the most versatile harmonica player in

St. Louis - bar none!"

The Bluesletter:

“He is a true musician. And to also think of the ideas that he hears in his mind and then to execute them with flawless ease is truly astounding. My hat’s off to him. –

Richard Hayman, St. Louis Symphony Pops Conductor


Sandy Weltman is one of the most creative musicians in St. Louis, with strong roots in both jazz and acoustic music. He’s a great entertainer and a consummate musician!” –

Paul Reuter, Executive Director, Sheldon Concert Hall

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