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Leonieke Scheuble

Leonieke Scheuble is a gifted pianist and jazz organist who has a rare talent for blues and jazz improvisation at an unusually young age. Born to an engineer mother and a musician father in 2002, she was given a Dutch name after her parents lived in the Netherlands on assignment and developed an affection for Holland and the Dutch people. Her namesake is the Dutch pianist, Leonieke Vermeer.

Leonieke (phonetically pronounced “lay-o-nee-ka”) started to play piano sometime after being inspired by “Ray,” a movie based on the life of Ray Charles. Without any prior musical training, she began to spend great lengths of time at the piano creating songs that were rhythmically interesting and compositionally balanced. This was at age 5 or 6.

At age 7, Leonieke recorded a handful of pieces including two of her own compositions. This was brought to the attention of Steve Ash, a highly respected Jazz pianist, who then agreed to take her on as a student. She has been with him ever since. As her love of Jazz, Blues, Soul and Gospel motivated her to develop her musical skills, Leonieke has been receiving a great deal of attention and is afforded some wonderful opportunities.

Among them would be winning the 2013 International Women in Jazz “Youth in Action” Award (eligible to female jazz musicians under 18 years of age) presented in performance at "The Jazz Church" (St. Peter’s Church in Manhattan). Other performances followed though The IWJ, Jazz Foundation of America and "Rome Neal presents." She has also performed in fundraisers for The Un-Domiciled Project (Brooklyn, NY), American Cancer Society (Rockaway, NJ) and The Victoria Soto Memorial Scholarship (Woodstock, CT).

A two-time featured artist at The Watchung Arts Center with the Beacon Hill Band, Leonieke was also featured at the 2012 FusionFest, and has performed in several Jazz Vespers along with Steve Turre, Tim Ries and Bill Crow. She is often invited to sit in at various New York City Jazz Clubs.

Two world class jazz organists have played a pivotal role in Leonieke’s development. The first is Joey DeFrancesco who introduced her to his Hammond B-3 at Dizzys Club Coca-Cola in February of 2011. The other is Dr. Lonnie Smith, who in July of 2012 met Leonieke and watched a youtube clip of her performing on piano. After learning that she had an interest in jazz organ, he arranged for a Hammond organ to be delivered to her as a gift. Earlier that year, Bob Belden, (former A&R Blue Note records) introduced her to Herbie Hancock and has since become a mentor (Belden), guiding her mainly through recordings. Radio station WBGO Jazz 88.3FM featured Leonieke in interview along with trombonist Coleman Hughes in an hour long special entitled, “The Future of Jazz" (10/2/13).

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Live Review

Leonieke Scheuble: June 2019 Tour

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Located right in front of a train station, the South Orange Gazebo is an uncommonly boisterous location for a jazz concert. Whistles blowing, brakes screeching, trains arrive and depart every ten minutes or so. Automobiles access parking lots via a rotary about fifteen feet away. Their horns and sound systems blare as drivers compete for space. The South Orange Fire Department building stands across the street from the gazebo. On a warm evening in late June, the blast of a ...

In the Studio

Three Days At The Barber Shop, Part 3

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Rehearsal | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 When I walk into the live room, a little early, on Day 3, Gillespie has already swapped out the piano for a Hammond B-3 organ and Leslie speaker. Three boom mics are positioned in the area closest to the window to the control room. Each one looms over a music stand. Nick and Leonieke discuss some fine points of the Hammond B-3 while she warms up. They decide ...

In the Studio

Three Days At The Barber Shop, Part 2

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Rehearsal | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Day 2 commences with only Nick, Leonieke, Givens, and Gillespie inside of Studio A. The instruments and mics in the live room and isolation booth are still intact from yesterday's session. While everyone sits in the control room, Nick asks Gillespie to playback “Please Send Me Someone To Love." The balance between the three instruments, as well as the strength of the individual performances, is striking. Nick and ...

In the Studio

Three Days At The Barber Shop, Part 1

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Rehearsal | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 The Barber Shop Studios are located on the West Shore of Lake Hopatcong, a body of water spanning about four square miles, which makes it the largest freshwater body in New Jersey. The immediate neighborhood is a patchwork of bungalows, upscale homes, newly constructed townhouses, small businesses and restaurants. At one end of an extended parking lot lies a marina that is the home of several pleasure boats ...

In the Studio

Leonieke Scheuble's Journey Into The Art Of Jazz

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The setting is a living room in a suburban northern New Jersey home. For the most part, it's filled with things not necessarily available at the furniture outlets that line the local highways. An upright piano takes up most of the wall adjacent to the front door. A harpsichord spans the area between the entrances to the kitchen and the dining room. A comfortable sofa is placed between a Hammond B-3 organ and a Leslie speaker. It is clearly a ...

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