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Jan Leder

A born-and-raised New Yorker, Jan Leder decided to pursue her love for improvisation after twelve years of studying classical music. She studied for three years with the late pianist Lennie Tristano and then continued her jazz studies with pianist Connie Crothers for over ten years. A self-styled course of study in jazz history at SUNY Purchase led to her compilation of the first comprehensive history of women in jazz entitled Women in Jazz: A Discography of Instrumentalists 1913-1968 (Greenwood Press 1985). Ms. Leder has enjoyed teaching jazz improvisation, although teaching has not figured prominently in her career. In 1999 Jan recorded Nonchalant (A-Records 2000), a collection of mostly original melodies

ARTICLE: RADIO

Birthday Shout-outs to Betty Carter and Stevie Wonder

Read "Birthday Shout-outs to Betty Carter and Stevie Wonder" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

A two hour broadcast with new releases from bassist Linda May Han Oh and vocalist Elizabeth Tomboulian, plus birthday shout outs to Betty Carter, Stevie Wonder, lyricist Betty Comden, flutist Jan Leder, pianist Brittany Anjou, saxophonists Virginia Mayhew and Grace Kelly and vocalist Miles Griffith, among others. Playlist Jan Leder “Bird of Beauty" from ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band: Certain Relationships

Read "Certain Relationships" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Drummer Art Lillard's Heavenly Big Band continues to spread sunshine and happiness on Certain Relationships, an album recorded in three sessions spanning the half-dozen years between 2005-2011. Of the fifteen selections, nine are vocals --by Pete McGuinness, Hilary Gardner, Andrea Wolper, Mary Foster Conklin or Dominique Eade. In Lillard's optimistic eyes, even the blues are gladsome ...

Nonchalant

Label: A-Records
Released: 2000

Passage to Freedom

Label: Monad Records
Released: 1999

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jan Leder: Passage to Freedom

Read "Passage to Freedom" reviewed by AAJ Staff

There’s art and there’s commerce. The musician needs gigs, to hone her craft, and reputation, to get more gigs. And the fastest way to build a reputation is through a recording – which is hard to make without a reputation. As one musician put it, “It’s as if no matter how well you play, you really ...

Passage To Freedom

Label: Megafon
Released: 1997


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