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Michael Leonhart

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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

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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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A Few Of My Favorite 2022 Jazz Things (So Far) - Part 1

Read "A Few Of My Favorite 2022 Jazz Things (So Far) - Part 1" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Since 2022 has been barreling down at breakneck speed... it's July already, which is actually the perfect moment to take stock of what the first half of the year had to offer to jazz fans. Please enjoy some of the tunes that have brought us most delight during the first six months of the year!

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Stephanie McKay, Timo Lassy, Alexander Hawkins, Kit Downes & Other New Releases

Read "Stephanie McKay, Timo Lassy, Alexander Hawkins, Kit Downes & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Welcome back to our weekly tasting menu of the best new jazz delicacies the international scene has to offer. This week we highlight two releases that draw attention to historic developments with stellar rosters of contributing artists, Music for Ukraine and Black Lives—from Generation to Generation, and on the brand new album by the Michael Leonhart ...

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Michael Leonhart Orchestra: The Normyn Suites

Read "The Normyn Suites" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Gli eclettici sviluppi orchestrali di Michael Leonhart, tra maestosi affreschi evocativi e trascinanti momenti rock e soul, tornano a entusiasmarci con questo magistrale The Normyn Suites, dove la poetica della leggerezza convive con scelte di vivo impatto ritmico e timbrico. Le due forti propensioni musicale dell'autore sono ben bilanciate: quella impressionista (che ha caratterizzato opere ammalianti ...

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Keep It Big!

Read "Keep It Big!" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


After last episode's extravaganza we decided to keep our focus on larger ensembles for this outing. It's a mix of historical issues (some better engineered than others) and two nearly brand-new releases. What do they have in common? Ain't none of them trios. Pop matters gets historical as we contemplate Pitchfork's deathless mediations on the “oldness" ...

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Catherine Russell, Wobjie, Steven Bernstein, Umberto Petrin & More New Releases

Read "Catherine Russell, Wobjie, Steven Bernstein, Umberto Petrin & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


Good vibes, genre-bending projects, charismatic singers and creative use of electronics are the defining features of this set of recent and upcoming albums.Happy listening!PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra “Yes We Can" Good Time Music (Community Music, Vol. 2) (Royal Potato ...

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Michael Leonhart, Marta Sanchez, Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Alabaster Deplume & More

Read "Michael Leonhart, Marta Sanchez, Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Alabaster Deplume & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


It's February. The Winter Olympics are well under way and there are so many new and upcoming releases in 2022 that we can fill an entire show with them... Starting and ending with two Orchestras: Michael Leonhart's mighty ensemble and their upcoming stunner, The Normyn Suites, and Paul Wacrenier's Healing Orchestra, a band with a mission: ...

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Jazz for the Year of the Tiger's Winter Olympics

Read "Jazz for the Year of the Tiger's Winter Olympics" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


This week we built the Mondo Jazz playlist in celebration of the Year of the Tiger, the Water Tiger to be precise, and the 24th Winter Olympics, selecting compositions that directly or indirectly relate to winter sports, Olympic games and the elements which are essential to all Winter Olympics: mountains, snow and ice...Happy listening ...

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The Art Of Aging Gracefully Through Music

Read "The Art Of Aging Gracefully Through Music" reviewed by Leo Sidran


Advice from friends and family ranging in age from 10 to 93 about how to stay young, what makes a meaningful life, ambition, desire, fear, success and music. With Sol Sidran age 10, Zelta Sils age 10, Zane Gruber Baruth age 21, Michael Thurber age 34, Michael Leonhart age 47, Jorge Drexler age 57, Daniel Levitin ...


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