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Michael Leonhart


Born into a musical family, Michael Leonhart has developed into one of the most imaginative and prolific musicians of his time, sought throughout the music and entertainment world as a trumpeter, composer, producer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. At age 17, Michael was honored as the youngest Grammy recipient in history, cited as the most outstanding musician in a U.S. high school. That same year ABC World News named him "Person of the Week". He has since gone on to collaborate with artists as diverse as James Brown & Wutang Clan to Meryl Streep & Isaac Mizrahi. As a trumpeter, Michael performed on Mark Ronson’s record breaking smash hit “Uptown Funk” featuring Bruno Mars, which won the 2016 Record of the year Grammy and the 2015 BRIT award for British Single of the Year



Label: Tzadik
Released: 2024
Track listing: Starwater; Thinking of M; Acidalia; Asterisms; Heliopause.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ben Sidran: If You Can't Laugh At Life You're Through

Read "Ben Sidran: If You Can't Laugh At Life You're Through" reviewed by Leo Sidran

In a career spanning over fifty years and thirty five records, Ben Sidran has established himself as a philosopher poet. Equally celebrated for his precise, probing writing style as he is for his improvised spoken word jazz raps, he has carved out a truly unique space for himself. The Times of London aptly described Ben as ...


Article: Play This!

Sean Ono Lennon: Asterisms

Read "Sean Ono Lennon: Asterisms" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Among the eagerly-awaited new releases is Sean Ono Lennon's Asterisms (Tzadik Records, 2024). When I first saw the project at The Stone in early October 2022 I was immediately struck by the enormous potential of the band and their music. Asterisms hovers over many genres and defies them all as its own thing, in ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

A Few More of My Favorite 2023 Jazz Things, Part 1

Read "A Few More of My Favorite 2023 Jazz Things, Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

This week we focus on the songs that have made us smile, tap our feet, reflect and keep our optimism in spite of the dire state of the world during the past two months. We hope they'll have the same effect on you. Happy listening! Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. ...


Article: Play This!

Michael Leonhart Orchestra: Silent Night

Read "Michael Leonhart Orchestra: Silent Night" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Conceptually, I find holiday music puzzling. How can it be that, year after year, it keeps being churned out? Even by jazz musicians, who are usually not driven by commercial considerations? Then why not spring-break albums? Or something more meaningful like World Oceans Day jazz music? Or Martin Luther King day songs? I presume ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Mike Dillon, Ludovica Burtone, Marc Jordan, Simon Moullier & New Releases

Read "Mike Dillon, Ludovica Burtone, Marc Jordan, Simon Moullier & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Countless forms of fusion in this week's show, from jazz and pop to other musical traditions. There are enough genetic modifications in just one hour to prove that jazz's resilience passes Darwinian evolutionary standards!Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Roc Flowers, Stefano De Donato, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

What's Trending

Read "What's Trending" reviewed by Leo Sidran

This week on the Third Story Podcast I'm turning the tables on myself and sharing the stories and the creative process behind my new record What's Trending. Featuring excerpts of past episodes with artists who collaborated on the record and inspired the songs, including Boz Scaggs, Louis Cato, Janis Siegel, Michael Leonhart, Peter Coyote ...


Article: What is Jazz?

2023 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide

Read "2023 Winter JazzFest Marathons: A Survival Guide" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The fact that New York City's Winter JazzFest (WJF) is back to in-person performances may very well be among the most meaningful signs, at least for jazz die-hards, that life is returning to normal. The overall number of concerts may not be as high as in the past, with the 170+ performances of 2020 ...


The Normyn Suites

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Shut Him Down; The Normyn Suite #1: (Denial, Anger, Catharsis, Nostalgia, Acceptance); Radio Is Everything; The Normyn Suite #2: (May the Young Grow Old, Waking from Sedation, Freedom from the Pain, Unconditional Love, La Preghiera, The Dunes of Cahoon Hollow); Shut Him Down (Video Edit); Newspaper Pane; Kenny Dorham; Wayne Shorter.


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