February 25, 2006 To: Listings/Critics/Features From: JAZZ PROMO SERVICES
David Leonhardt Jazz Group Concert Schedule
February 22-25 The David Leonhardt Jazz Group in residency at The Cumberland County Community College Vineland NJ with workshops, An Evening Of Gershwin concert 2/24, and a Jazz For Kids Concert 2/25. www.cccnj.net/fpac/events.cfm
February 26 The David Leonhardt Jazz Group at The Butler County Community College in concert near Pittsburgh, PA. www.bc3.edu/ culturalctr/singleshowtickets.htm
February 27 The David Leonhardt Jazz Group Jazz For Kids concert Butler County Community College.
March 10 The David Leonhardt Jazz Group -An Evening Of Gershwin at Frostburg Sate University in MD http://ces.frostburg.edu
March 17, 18, 19 in concert with The Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers at Muhlenberg College, Allentown PA http://www.muhlenberg.edu/cultural/baker/onstageshow.htm
David Leonhardt jazz pianist and composer is featured on the new David Fathead" Newman CD City Scapes" on the High Note label with David Leonhardt on piano and arrangements by David Leonhardt.
If you could rate CD reviews by kisses, I would have my lip marks all over this disc. David Leonhardt has created something special for us." George W. Carroll/The Musicians' Ombudsman
Leonhardt fashions each interpretation so that it stands out as an improvised work that the group can explore thoroughly. Together, they turn over clusters of brightness that come surrounded by a hearty rhythmic foundation." Jim Santella allaboutjazz.com
Leonhardt has created a musical context that's as large with possibilities as his appealing piano playing.....the entire CD is a great... AllMusic.com Paula Edelstein
To check out David Leonhardt's web site go to:
www.davidjazz.com e-mail [email protected]
The Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers have an new DVD shelleyoliver.com
Coming up: more concerts w/ David Fathead" Newman, and The Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers, , Iridium Jazz Club in New York City, Bucks County CC anew CD in the fall!
David Leonhardt, jazz pianist and The David Leonhardt Jazz Group's CD I'll Be Home For Christmas" was a holiday hit! Critics are raving and hundreds of radio stations played it!
The former David Fathead" Newman Quintet pianist and his swinging friends, among them singer Nancy Reed and saxophone player Larry McKenna, perform X-Mas evergreens with an engaging spirit and an abundance of musical intelligence. The Pennsylvanian's makeover of We Three Kings" is particularly fresh, and the dramatic focus Reed brings to bear on Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is as impressive as a prize ornament on the tree." DownBeat Magazine Frank-John Hadley
Jazz aficionados will flip for the David Leonhardt Jazz Group's I'll Be Home for Christmas . It's a classic! Christmas Reviews.com Carol Swanson
...holiday songs with a welcome jazz spirit...The pianist brings a warm glow to each song. He fashions each interpretation so that it stands out as an improvised work that the group can explore thoroughly." All About Jazz .com- Jim Santella
In the humble opinion of this reviewer, I'll Be Home For Christmas is the tastiest holiday album in recent years." jazzreview.com - Richard Bourcier
A pushing the speed limit Sleigh Ride". ...The ensemble's tight, rhythmically vibrant sound......a newfallen snow freshness to Let It Snow" They know just how much to twist a tune to brighten it up....solos that glide gracefully along..." Cadence Magazine
The best in this genre I've heard this season so far. Leonhardt's enjoyment comes thru" Audiophile Audition - John Henry
I am loving the new CD, I'll be Home For Christmas"...The arrangements are brilliant. Wonderful job from start to finish. The Jazz Nation- Albert Khalis Pride
It's a pleasure to come home to The David Leonhardt Jazz Group's Santa's bag full of traditional and familiar musical presents delivered in this far from ordinary CD. Hang I'll Be Home for Christmas on the tree, top or bottom, or just wrap it up. You can forget the bow though; it's pretty enough by itself." JazzImprov Magazine Bob Gish
Mr. Leonhardt established himself as an international performing artist when he toured for four years as pianist for jazz legend Jon Hendricks, accompanying vocalists such as Diane Reeves and Bobby McFarren. Joining The David Fathead" Newman Quintet he furthered his reputation as a burning jazz pianist and made his name familiar on the New York jazz scene. He went on to form his own band performing in the U.S., Japan, and Europe. In 1991 he founded Big Bang Records and released his first CD Departure" to great critical acclaim as well as his popular CD Reflections".
Mr. Leonhardt has produced, arranged, and performed on numerous recordings with jazz stars Stan Getz, Slide Hampton, Jon Hendricks, Eddie Henderson, Robin Eubanks, Ray Drummond, and Lewis Nash. His compositions have been recorded by such jazz greats as Stanley Turentine, David Fathead" Newman, Hank Crawford, and Claudio Roditi. He has written arrangements for The Art Blakey Big Band and been guest conductor and arranger for The Benny Carter Orchestra.
David Leonhardt Leonhardt Music Big Bang Records www.www.davidjazz.com [email protected]
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