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Jay Leonhart

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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

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Live At Mezzrow

Label: Cellar Music Group
Released: 2024
Track listing: Try To Remember; All Blues; Blue In Green; Pages Of Life; Good Morning Bahia; So What; All My Life; Straight No Chaser; Take The "A" Train.

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Article: Album Review

Roger Kellaway: Live At Mezzrow

Read "Live At Mezzrow" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


Roger Kellaway's latest offering Live At Mezzrow is a masterclass in jazz artistry. With Kellaway on piano--leading his trio of first class musicians, including bassist Jay Leonhart and drummer Dennis Mackrel along with guest guitarist Roni Ben-Hur on a couple of tracks--they embark on a celebration of mostly historical jazz standards from the songbooks of Miles ...

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Article: Out and About: The Super Fans

Meet Clifford Bass

Read "Meet Clifford Bass" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper


Our newest super fan's first jazz record was The Best of Nat King Cole, which he chose at just ten years old! The bug bit him so hard that, by age 14, he was listening obsessively to A Love Supreme. He is now such a fan of improvisational, in-the-moment performance that he rarely listens to recordings, ...

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Carol Sloane Live At Birdland

Label: Club44
Released: 2022
Track listing: Havin' Myself A Time; Blue Turning Grey Over You; I Don't Want To Walk Without You; As Long As I Live; Glad To Be Unhappy/I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues; If I Should Lose You; You Were Meant For Me; The Very Thought of You; You're Driving Me Crazy; Two For The Road; Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams; I'll Always Leave The Door A Little Open.

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News: Event

New York’s Longest Running Jazz Concert Series 'Highlights In Jazz' Celebrates 50 Years With Gala Concert On February 23, 2023

New York’s Longest Running Jazz Concert Series 'Highlights In Jazz' Celebrates 50 Years With Gala Concert On February 23, 2023

Producer Jack Kleinsinger Presents All-Star Lineup at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan, guitarists Gene Bertoncini and Russell Malone, bassist Jay Leonhart and many more jazz greats to be on hand for historic concert. Highlights in Jazz returns to BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center for a festive 5 th anniversary concert on ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Donald Fagen: An Essential Top 10 Albums

Read "Donald Fagen: An Essential Top 10 Albums" reviewed by Peter Jones


Actually, the whole notion of a Donald Fagen Top Ten is tricky. Artists like Chet Baker made well over a hundred albums, whereas in half a century Fagen has only released 13 official studio albums, whether with Steely Dan or under his own name, along with a handful of live sets. The process of selecting the ...

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Article: Album Review

Various Artists: Putumayo Presents Jazz Christmas

Read "Putumayo Presents Jazz Christmas" reviewed by Jim Trageser


The Putumayo World Music compilations have achieved an enviable brand status with their wide-ranging stylistic variety and the distinctively cheerful covers by artist Lisa Gonzalez. The latest entry, Putumayo Presents Jazz Christmas joins previous entrants Putumayo Presents New Orleans Christmas (2007) and Putumayo Presents A Jazz & Blues Christmas (2008) in offering collections of ...

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Article: So You Don't Like Jazz

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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News: Performance / Tour

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 ...


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