Bassist, singer, and lyricist Jay Leonhart has carved out a distinctive niche in the jazz world, issuing his own wry albums and working as a highly regarded session player. Similar to contemporaries like Mose Allison, Dave Frishberg, and Bob Dorough, Leonhart writes literate, often humorous songs delivered in a story-telling style that touches upon straight-ahead acoustic jazz and folk music; a sound he debuted on 1983's Salamander Pie. An in-demand studio and touring musician since his arrival in New York in the late '60s, Leonhart has played with a long list of artists, including Duke Ellington, Mel Tormé, Judy Garland, Thad Jones, Buddy Rich, Jim Hall, Kenny Barron, James Taylor, Luciano Pavarotti, and many others. He has balanced forays into standards albums like 1999's Sensitive to the Touch: The Music of Harold Arlen and 2002's ...
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