Artist of the day: Matt Weihmuller
Matt Weihmuller is an accomplished saxophonist who teaches the next generation of jazz musicians at the Patel Conservatory at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. He was also born with Leber's congenital amaurosis, a degenerative disease characterized by severe vision impairment at birth.
"Jazz music is focused on improvisation and being able to spontaneously create melodies," he said. "And for that reason, I have excelled at jazz because I've always had to think outside of the box to get past these obstacles in life."
Weihmuller, 28, earned his bachelor's degree in jazz studies from Florida State University in 2007, and his master's degree in music performance from FSU in 2010. He played with various jazz groups while at FSU, and was also a regular performer at various jazz venues in the Tallahassee area.
He relocated back home to Tampa last year, and since May has worked as a saxophone instructor at the Patel Conservatory. He's preparing a quartet of teenage jazz musicians that will perform Dec. 1 at the Straz Center's 25th Anniversary Gala.
For more on Matt Weihmuller, click here for Richard Martin's story.