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"True to his intentions, pianist David Leonhardt gathered together four other all-star jazz players Wednesday night at Lafayette College."

Tim Blangger,
The Morning Call, Allentown

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David Leonhardt and his group enjoy doing audience development and introductory programs on jazz as well as arts in education activities. All educational presentations can be tailored to grade school through college level audiences, for musicians and non-musicians alike.


Residency Activities

  1. What is Jazz? Lecture/Demonstration

  2. The History of Jazz Piano Lecture/Demonstration

  3. Jazz Piano Master Class/Workshop

  4. How To Teach Jazz Workshop

  5. Jazz Rhythms Workshop

  6. Jazz Vocal Workshop

  7. Ensemble Coaching

  8. Performances with student ensembles

  9. Improvisation workshop


A "Jazz for Kids" performance/demonstration acquaints children ages 6-12 with concepts, instruments, and styles of jazz and involves audience participation through singing and percussion.


Teaching Highlights

Mr. Leonhardt has been a jazz educator for over twenty five years from presenting workshops with noted jazz educator Jamey Aebersold as a teenager to leading clinics with his own ensemble internationally. He has coached vocalists at the New School in New York City, critiqued college big bands across the country, taught private students from six year olds to seasoned professionals as well as giving lectures from grade school through college level .

1989-2003
Various clinics, master classes and workshops for public schools, colleges and community groups including: Lincoln Center, The Universal Jazz Coalition NYC, Jazz Centro Italy, Osaka Friends of Jazz Japan, Juniata College, Wesleyan College, College Misercordia, Cumberland Valley School of Music, and Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.

1992-1999
Jazz piano teacher, Lafayette College

1981-2000
Private lessons for all ages for professional and amateur students

1994-2000
Rhythm workshops for dancers, Muhlenberg College

1989-1998
Author of series on jazz piano styles in Piano Today Magazine

1997-1998
Artist in Residence, Lafayette College

1995-1996
Artist in Residence, Lafayette College

1993-1996
Jazz piano teacher, Lehigh University

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.

At present Mr. Leonhardt is leading his own band with successful appearances at the International Arts Festival of Shenzen in China, the Winnipeg Jazz Festival, The French Maison de Dance in Lyon, as well festivals and concerts throughout the United States. His all star group has been heard at The Apollo Theater, The Blue Note, Birdland, and Sweet Basil . He is a well known educator, gives clinics world wide, and has written for the magazine "Piano Today".

Recently Mr. Leonhardt arranged and recorded the #1 jazz CD "Under a Woodstock Moon" with saxophonist David Newman, appeared with flutist Herbie Mann and bassist Ron Carter on the CD "Celebration", and released the CD "The David Leonhardt Jazz Group Plays Gershwin". Mr. Leonhardt is on the roster of The Pennsylvania Arts On Tour and gives educational clinics worldwide.

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