The David Leonhardt Jazz Group is a critically acclaimed acoustic ensemble that plays a blend of mainstream and modern jazz. The group riles on creative improvisation, playing both jazz standards and originals for an exciting and entertaining evening of music. In performance as a trio or quintet with vocals and saxophone they bring a high level of musicianship to each performance. The response the group has recieved from their concerts has been overwhelming with successful appearances at the International Arts Festival of Shenzen in China, the Winnipeg Jazz Festival, The French Maison de Dance in Lyon, France as well festivals and concerts throughout the United States. His all star group has been heard at The Apollo Theater, The Blue Note, and Birdland.
Venues David Leonhardt and his band have played include:
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Longwood Gardens, The James A. Michener Art Museum, 171 Cedar Arts Center, Palace Theatre- Arts Enter Cape Charles, Algonquin Arts, Muhlenberg College, Bristol Valley Theater, Strong Museum, Westfield Jazz Festival, Adams County Arts Council, Weinberg Center for the Arts, Cape May Jazz Festival, Rose Lehrman Arts Center, Southern Tier Celebrates, Morris Museum Bickford Theater, Clay Center for the Arts And Sciences, Glenville State College, Smoot Theatre, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Highland Arts Unlimited, Beckley Concert Association, Montgomery County Community College, College Misericordia, Berlin Jazz Festival, Sunnyside Jazz festival, Caroline Public Library, Deer Head Inn, New York Natural History Museum, St. Peters Luthern Church, Randolph County Community Arts Center, Dance Place, Geneva Concert Association, Genesee Community College, Greater Hazelton Concert Series, Lower Makefield Society For The Performing Arts, Pennsylvania Academy OF Music, Prince Theatre, Pennsylvania Consort Society, Aesthetic Education Institute, Tug Valley Arts Council, Fredericksburg Festival Of The Arts, Bloomington University, Reston Center Stage, East Stroudsburg University, Sussex County Community College, Albany Riverfront Festival, Frostburg State University, Poccahontas County Opera House, Black Rock Center For The Arts, West Virginia State University Capitol Center, Cumberland County College, Fredonia Opera House, Messiah College, Iridium Jazz Club, Central Pennsylvania Festival Of The Arts, Trinidad Jazz Festival, Wilson College, Smyrna Opera House, Butler County Community College, Bucks County Community College, Lynn Roberts Symphony Hall Allentown, Appel Farm Arts and Music Center, Cecil Community College, Eichelberger Performing Arts Center, YMCA of Easton, A Place For Jazz, Cecil Community College, Snow Shoe Mountain Resort, The Warf Rat at Camden Yards, Jazz Factory Louisville, Moravian College, New Bern Jazz and Blues Festival, Cincinnati Taps Inc. Fairfield Community Arts Center, Mason District Park Ampehitheater, Royal Lake Park, Musikfest, St Louis Tap Festival, Reitz Theater, Chamber music series of Greater Johnstown, JCC Metro West, Little Theater at Centenary College, Carson Middle School, Gateway High School, Palace Theatre, Warren County Concert Association, Wild Flower Music Festival, Lehigh University, Cooperstown Concert Series, JazzMobile, Renfrew Institute, Kinston Community Council For The Arts, Bucknell University Weis Center, Garrett Lakes Arts Festival, Waverly Community House, Bordentown Concert Association, Allentown Symphony Hall, Flushing Town Hall Queens New York, Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, Bucks County Performing Arts Center, ArtsLink, Inc., Montgomery County Cultural Center, Cumberland Valley School of Music, Raymond Walters College University Of Cincinnati, Tioga County Council On The Arts, The Merrick-Bellmore Community Concert Association, University at Buffalo UB on the Green Outdoor Performance Series
Larry McKenna Saxophone
Larry McKenna is Philadelphias best kept jazz secret. A legend in the creative jazz scene there for over fifty years Larrys status as a jazz great has been affirmed by his myriad fans and the jazz stars with whom he has played and recorded including Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney and Frank Sinatra. He is known for his gorgeous, velvety sound, the unparalleled beauty of his balladry, and his fluid, bebop-inspired improvisations.
At seventy two years of age he is also an educator and skilled arranger and is considered the dean of the Philadelphia saxophonists. He first went on the road with Woody Hermans big band in 1958!
Matthew Parish Bass
A rising star of the jazz bass Matthew Parrish has performed with Clark Terry, Marian McPartland and Harry "Sweets" Edison. He has performed or recorded with y, Regina Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Mickey Roker, Bobby Durham, Shirley Scott, Al Grey, Stefon Harris, and Greg Osby. He has performed on four continents and i a regular on the Philadelphia jazz scene and numerous jazz recordings.
Paul Wells Drums
A native of Pittsburgh Paul has been an in demand percussionist on the New York jazz scene for years. He has performed and recorded with a many jazz greats and was recently the drummer on a national tour with rocker Debbie Harry. of Blondie fame He also holds the drum chair in The Duke Ellington Legacy Band. A versatile musician with years of experience he has performed with Joe Williams, Norman Simmons, Randy Brecker, Eric Alexander, Larry Goldings, Rufus Reid, Mark Murphy, Rick Margitza, Dave Valentin, and Houston Person.
Nancy Reed - vocals
A daughter of a jazz pianist and an opera singer, Nancy grew up in Brooklyn amidst the musically rich culture of New York City. She has sung professionally for over twenty years, honing her skills in the clubs of New York and on tour in Europe and the Far East. She has performed and recorded with such jazz greats as Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, David "Fathead" Newman, and Bob Dorough and has toured Japan, The United States and Mexico. A favorite of other vocalists as well, Nancy has sung back-up on numerous CDs, movie sound tracks, and commercial jingles and can be heard on the duo recording "A Time For Love" with David Leonhardt.