David Leonhardt jazz pianist and his trio Matthew Parrish bass and Paul Wells drums Nancy Reed vocals Jay Rattman reeds play from their Christmas concert. From their CD "I'll Be Home For Christmas" available on iTunes and CDbaby. David Leonhardt jazz pianist and his trio Matthew Parrish bass and Paul Wells drums play from their Christmas concert. From their CD "I'll Be Home For Christmas" available on iTunes and CDbaby. Recorded in Elkins WV 10/12/11 Randolph County Arts Center What The Critics say about
David Leonhardt's CD "I'll Be Home For Christmas"
What the critics say:
"The former David "Fathead" Newman Quintet pianist David Leonhardt and his swinging friends, perform X-Mas evergreens with an engaging spirit and an abundance of musical intelligence. The makeover of "We Three Kings" is particularly fresh, and the dramatic focus on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is as impressive as a prize ornament on the tree." DownBeat Magazine Frank-John Hadley
"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"
The Musicians' Ombudsman- George W. Carroll
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
David Leonhardt pianist and composer bio -Career Highlights Twenty five year with saxophonist David "Fathead" Newman: arranging and playing on five CDs, international tours. 1988-2008
Four year as musical director for jazz vocalist Jon Hendricks: international tours, jazz festivals, radio and TV broadcasts. 1983-1987
President and founder of Big Bang Records with twenty five CDs as a leader. 1993 to present.
Eighteen years leading The David Leonhardt Jazz Group a concert ensemble with hundreds of performances: theaters, Universities, Colleges, festivals, arts organizations US, Canada and Europe. 1993 to present.
Twelve years freelance experience in New York City. Broadway to the Today Show, jazz clubs to dance halls, Bar Mitzvahs and weddings to cabaret clubs and Lincoln Center, jingles to jazz records. 1980-1992
Twenty years performing with legendary Tap Dancers. Musical director for Manhattan Tap and The Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers including National and European tours, television and DVDs. 1987 to present.
Decades of experiences as a jazz educator in universities, colleges, clinics and workshops. Fifteen years of presenting "Jazz For Kids" an interactive children's program.
First jazz experience playing piano as a teenager with jazz educator Jamey Aebersold in concerts, clubs and school presentations in Louisville, KY. 1974-1980
First professional engagement at the age of 14 in a teenage rock band. First road experience with a southern rock band touring Dixie age 16. 1970-1976