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Leonisa Ardizzone


Raised by Italian opera lovers, Ardizzone began studying music at age 4 – first piano and voice, then violin at age 8 and oboe in high school. In her twenties, she found jazz. While music was her deep love, Ardizzone’s curiosity and zest for life took her on a wild and impulse-driven journey of exploration and learning. Ardizzone has always lived her life in “Yes!” and thus rarely backs down from an opportunity for discovery. She became a biologist and then a science educator, eventually getting a doctorate from Columbia University in International Peace Education. During her studies and subsequent work as a professor and non-profit executive, Leonisa played jazz gigs at New York City clubs including Sweet Rhythm, Iridium, Danny’s, the Duplex, and the Kitano. The Leonisa Ardizzone Quartet formed in 1997 and released two critically acclaimed CDs, Afraid of the Heights in 2007 and the scent of bitter almonds in 2009


All In Good Time

Label: 2 Strange Cats
Released: 2019
Track listing: My One Bad Habit (Brubeck/Brubeck) Estate (Martino/Brighetti) Girl Afraid (Morrissey/Marr) When Hagar Ran (Ardizzone/Jurkovic/Hines) Out Lips Are Sealed (Wiedlin/Hall) Ischia (Ardizzone/Jurkovic/Hines) Someday My Prince Will Come (Churchill/Morey) Cyclone (Hines) This I Dig of You (Mobley)


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall

Read "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

This week we feature new releases from flutist Haruna Fukazawa, vocalists Svetlana, Emma Frank and Jazzmeia Horn, soprano saxophonist and flutist Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, plus a rediscovered Miles Davis recording, with birthday shout outs to Doris Tauber (composer of “Them There Eyes"), Claire Martin, Tom Wopat, Alyssa Allgood and Lorraine Feather, among others.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

This Will Make You Laugh - Famous Jazz Fathers and Their Children

Read "This Will Make You Laugh - Famous Jazz Fathers and Their Children" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

The Fathers Day broadcast included new releases from Ayelet Rose Gottlieb, Roxy Coss, Anat Cohen and Camila Meza, with birthday shout outs to the songwriters Irene Higgenbotham, Ivan Lins and Cy Coleman, pianists Geri Allen, Monika Herzig and Daryl Sherman, vocalists Nancy King, Alicia Olatuja, and harpist Carol Robbins, among others. Plus we hear from some ...


Article: Bailey's Bundles

Leonisa Ardizzone: A Constellation in the East

Read "Leonisa Ardizzone: A Constellation in the East" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

"For unto whomsoever much is given, of her shall be much required..." Renaissance men and women still exist. For example, the intrepid Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone is the executive director of The Salvadore Center, a non-profit educational organization centered in New York city dedicated to educating young students and their teachers about architecture, structural engineering and urban ...


News: Performance / Tour

Leonisa Ardizzone Quintet CD Release Show at The Kitano on December 4th

Leonisa Ardizzone Quintet CD Release Show at The Kitano on December 4th

Following-up on a critically acclaimed debut CD Afraid of the Heights (Ardijenn Music, 2007), The Leonisa Ardizzone Quintet’s sophomore release The Scent of Bitter Almonds reflects a personally tumultuous year for Leonisa that saw the temporary dissolution and subsequent renewal of her 12 year marriage. The song choices, arrangements and overall feel of the music reveal ...


Afraid Of The Heights

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2007
Track listing: Anthropology; Afraid Of The Heights; Autumn Leaves; Triste; I'm Not The Same; Goodbye Pork Pie Hat; I Got Lucky; Alone Together; Nature Boy; You Go To My Head.


Article: Album Review

The Leonisa Ardizzone Quartet: Afraid of the Heights

Read "Afraid of the Heights" reviewed by Marcia Hillman

Vocalist Leonisa Ardizzone shows off a variety of moods and material on this, her debut CD, where she is joined by Chris Jennings (guitar), Bob Sabin (bass) and Justin Hines (drums), operating as a group rather than a vocalist with a backing band. The CD is a collection of standards and original material ...


Article: Album Review

Leonisa Ardizzone Quartet: Afraid of the Heights

Read "Afraid of the Heights" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

L'esordio della cantante Leonisa Ardizzone è un simpatico disco autoprodotto che si fa ascoltare con molto piacere. Fin dal 1994 la Ardizzone lavora insieme al chitarrista Chris Jennings, in duo o con ritmiche varie. La sua prima passione è stata la musica lirica, che ha studiato fino a che ha avuto problemi con la voce passando ...


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