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Jennifer Leitham

Jennifer Leitham is a world renowned musician / double bass player. She has been called the left-handed virtuoso of the upright bass. An active live performer, Jennifer has been bassist on more than 100 recordings and has recorded six CDs of her own. Jennifer is known for long associations with Mel Torme and Doc Severinsen. She has also appeared with Woody Herman, George Shearing, Gerry Mulligan, Peggy Lee, Joe Pass, Cleo Laine, Louis Bellson, Pete Rugolo, Bill Watrous. She has been a member of the Tonight Show All-Stars, The Woody Herman Thundering Herd, the Benny Carter Quintet, and the Bob Cooper Quartet. Jennifer has performed as a featured artist or group member at major jazz festivals in North America and internationally

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Article: Album Review

Scott Whitfield & Friends: A Bi-Coastal Christmas

Read "A Bi-Coastal Christmas" reviewed by Jack Bowers


If trombonist Scott Whitfield's A Bi-Coastal Christmas cannot quicken your inner holiday spirit, that will not be for lack of trying. Whitfield uses every ribbon in the packet and every tool in the shed to help make the season bright, from big band to quintet, from duo to solo (Whitfield's trombone all by itself). Two of ...

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A Bi-Coastal Christmas

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Winter Wonderland; This Christmas; We Three Kings; A Time for Christmas; Carol of the Drum (The Little Drummer Boy); A Christmas Love Song; O Little Town of Bethlehem; The Christmas Song; Christmas in July; Silent Night.

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Remnants of Humanity

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: Remnants of Humanity; Air on the G String; Orange Is the New Red; Manhood; Heart of the West; Tin Foil Hat; Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year; When I’m Sixty-Four; Memories of Poipu; The Dick van Dyke Show Theme.

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Article: Album Review

Jennifer Leitham: Remnants of Humanity

Read "Remnants of Humanity" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Jennifer Leitham, already known as one of the most accomplished bassists on the West Coast (as well as other precincts spanning the globe), spreads her wings, so to speak, on Remnants of Humanity, singing on seven numbers as well as playing her usual assertive upright bass most of the way. As a singer and musician, Leitham ...

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Article: Big Band Report

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 2-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 2-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow


Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball" Four Points by Sheraton at LAX Los Angeles, CA May 23-27, 2018 Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Concert 4: Keen and Peachy: Music of the Woody Herman Second Herd -Directed by Michael Berkowitz ...

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Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra: Flyin' Through Florida

Read "Flyin' Through Florida" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The number of jazz-centered big bands “on the road" these days can be counted on the fingers of one hand with a digit or two to spare. The Glenn Miller and Count Basie orchestras remain randomly active, the Duke Ellington and Woody Herman progeny somewhat less so. As for the rest . . . R.I.P. Stan ...

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The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra: Storming Through the South

Read "Storming Through the South" reviewed by Jack Bowers


First, three hearty cheers and a laurel wreath for trumpeter Mike Vax who has kept the splendid Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra together (with some inescapable changes in personnel, not to mention name) for twenty-five years, supervised no less than eighteen annual road tours and produced half a dozen in-concert albums, the most recent of which, Storming ...

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Mood (S)wings

Label: Sinistral Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Riverside Romp; Cascade of the Seven Waterfalls; Don’t You Ever; My Heart Had Wings; Glad Tidings; The Masquerade Is Over; You Won’t See Me; Tricotism.

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Article: Album Review

Jennifer Leitham: Mood (S)wings

Read "Mood (S)wings" reviewed by Jack Bowers


One of the rules of thumb in jazz is that hardly anyone ever looks forward to a bass solo. Rules, however, were made to be broken, and a case in point is multi-talented Jennifer Leitham whose solos on Mood (S)wings are nimble, well-crafted and consistently engaging--in other words, worth looking forward to. Not that anything less ...


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