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Jay Leonhart

Jay Leonhart was born on December 6, 1940, in Baltimore Maryland. His parents, sisters, and brothers (6 kids in all), were all musically inclined. Everyone played the piano. By the age of 7, Jay and his older brother Bill were playing banjos and guitars and mandolins and basses. They played country music, jazz — anything with a beat. In their early teens, Jay and Bill were television stars in Baltimore and were touring the country performing on their banjos. When Jay was fourteen he started playing the bass in The Pier Five Dixieland Jazz Band in Baltimore and never looked back. After studying at The Peabody Institute, Jay attended The Berklee School of Music and The Advanced School of Contemporary Music in Toronto, before leaving school to start touring with the traveling big bands of the late 50's and early 60's. At 21, Jay moved to New York City to start his career and to proceed on his oddessy towards adulthood

Discovering Jazz through Pretzel Logic

Read "Discovering Jazz through Pretzel Logic" reviewed by Alan Bryson

It's a good bet that most of us have heard people say they don't like jazz, or even worse, drop the H-bomb, “I hate jazz." If you choose to engage, the key is to tread lightly and tailor an approach that considers the tastes and sensibilities of the other person. The “So You Don't Like Jazz" ...

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Bill Warfield & The New York Jazz Quintet - September 27th At The Keystone Korner Baltimore!

Bill Warfield & The New York Jazz Quintet - September 27th At The Keystone Korner Baltimore!

BILL WARFIELD & The New York Jazz Quintet September 27th at the Keystone Korner Baltimore Trumpeter Bill Warfield and Todd Barkan host an on-line and in-person Jazz Event in Bill's hometown of Baltimore, MD. Bill teams up with tenor saxophonist Dave Riekenberg, keyboardist Cecilia Coleman, bassist Jay Leonhart, and drummer Scott Neumann to bring you a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jay Leonhart: Joy

Read "Joy" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Quando c'è una relazione padre/figlio tra due artisti, si usa in genere la figura del genitore per presentare il figlio. Per il giovane pubblico del jazz è invece opportuno fare il contrario, dicendo che l'ottantenne bassista leader di questo trio è il padre di Michael, trombettista e orchestratore acclamato per gli album The Painted Lady Suite ...

Joy

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Bass Aboard A Plane; Joy; Playboy Club; Gasparo; Momma Don’t You Think; Tulips; Life Out On The Road; Doublecross; Robert Frost; Very Few; For Real.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jamile: If You Could See Me Now

Read "If You Could See Me Now" reviewed by Martin McFie

Jamile grew up in Cachoeira do Sul (South Falls), a small town in Brazil towards the border with Uruguay. Her supportive family had no particular interest in music. Imagine her surprise, then, at finding her twenty-something self launching this debut album at Gianni Valenti's Birdland Theater in New York City. After completing her studies ...

Don't You Wish

Label: Chancellor Music
Released: 2018
Track listing: Playboy Club; Don’t You Wish; Curtains; I Got the Blues; Tulips; Schadenfreude; Change my Occupation; The Middle Ages; Missin’ RB Blues; They’re Coming to Get Me Jay Leonhart: bass, vocals, composer/lyricist, arranger, producer Tomoko Ohno: piano

Don't You Wish?

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: Playboy Club; Don't You Wish; Curtains; I Got the Blues; Tulips; Schadenfreude; Change My Occupation; Life in the Middle Ages; Missin' Rb Blues; They're Coming to Get Me.

Ten Men

Read "Ten Men" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

My unscientific estimate contends that there are three female vocalists for every male vocalist. This does not mean that there are no male vocalists out there as evidenced by these ten examples. They just take a little longer to accumulate. Jay Leonhart and Tomoko Ohno Don't You Wish Chancellor Music

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave

Read "Michael Leonhart: Surfing on an Orchestral Wave" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

If one were to find an answer to the age-old “nature or nurture" debate, s/he would have to look no further than The Painted Lady Suite [Sunnyside Records]. Listening to the stunning debut album by the Michael Leonhart Orchestra makes it clear that major achievements are only possible when nature and nurture are well integrated and ...


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