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David Leonhardt's Piano and Band Play Cole Porter

Looking at the selection of 12 songs played by pianist David Leonhardt and his group on Plays Cole Porter (Big Bang BBR9584), you are immediately reminded of how central Porter's best songs have become in the standard jazz repertoire. These songs have served as excellent vehicles for many of the bop and after masters. So what ...

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The David Leonhardt Jazz Group: The David Leonhardt Jazz Group Plays Cole Porter

Read "The David Leonhardt Jazz Group Plays Cole Porter" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A towering figure in American musical history, Cole Porter's music has been performed by countless people and groups for decades, enduring to this day. Pianist/composer David Leonhardt is the latest artist to interpret the work of the legendary songwriter with a smart and snappy presentation on The David Leonhardt Jazz Group Plays Cole Porter. With plenty ...

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David Leonhardt: Bach to The Blues

Read "Bach to The Blues" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

Veteran pianist David Leonhardt has often improvised around classical melodies in a live format, and now he finally commits an entire disc to tunes by Debussy, Bach, Beethoven and others. Backed by his working trio, the pianist gets things started with Bach's “Prelude in C Major" alternating the tempo between andante and another more suitable tempo ...

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David Leonhardt Trio: Bach to the Blues

Read "Bach to the Blues" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Pianist David Leonhardt's sideman credentials are impeccable, with ten years supporting the great jazz singer Jon Hendricks and twenty with Ray Charles' longstanding saxophonist, David “Fathead" Newman. Bach to the Blues, his twentieth album as a leader, may not radically alter his status as a respected but lesser known veteran, but the subtle pleasures it provides ...

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David Leonhardt Trio: Bach to the Blues

Read "Bach to the Blues" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Pianist David Leonhardt takes a right turn directly into Jacques Loussier territory with the release of Bach to the Blues. Loussier has made his career arranging jazz interpretations of Bach, Handel, Mozart, and Beethoven. His arranging and playing are characterized by a crystalline precision while often sacrificing space for improvisation. Leonhardt loosens the laces a bit, ...

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WGLT Interviews David Leonhardt

WGLT Interviews David Leonhardt

David Leonhardt interview, touching, informative and reflective

David Leonhardt (mp3) Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2010 Run Time: 9:09 Pianist David Leonhardt spent 25 years with David “Fathead" Newman and was Music Director for vocalist Jon Hendricks for four years. His latest CD is a fusion of his two musical loves: Classical & Jazz. You can purchase Bach ...

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David Leonhardt Goes Chartbound at JazzWeek

David Leonhardt Goes Chartbound at JazzWeek

David Leonhardt's new CD Bach to the Blues goes Chartbound at Jazzweek the first week in promotion.

One of David's innovative ideas is to play live jazz at a Yoga studio while students are taking a class, this creative idea is bringing business to the Yoga center and is exposing new fan's to the wonderful offering ...

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David "Fathead" Newman: The Blessing

Read "The Blessing" reviewed by Andrew Velez

What an apt name The Blessing is for David Newman's final recording before his death ended a long career last January (2009). He played for more than a decade with Ray Charles and alongside Herbie Mann, Aretha Franklin and Roy Ayers, among many others. For this last studio session he was in fine form. A Milt ...

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The David Leonhardt Trio: Bach to the Blues

Read "Bach to the Blues" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Pianist David Leonhardt presents a tasteful marriage of classical music and jazz, sprinkled with a touch of the blues on Bach to the Blues, an improvisational statement on classical themes that is surprisingly entertaining. Leonhardt reinterprets the music of Bach, Schubert, Beethoven, Chopin, and others with a creative improvisational approach producing a texture of light classical ...

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Pianist David Leonhardt Releases "Bach to the Blues"

Pianist David Leonhardt Releases "Bach to the Blues"

You may know that David Leonhardt has 38 years of professional experience with many of the top names in jazz from Benny Carter to Stan Getz. You may not know: he played for twenty five years with David “Fathead" Newman recording and arranging 5 CDs ; spent four years as musical director for jazz vocalist Jon ...