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Jennifer Leitham

Jazz Bassist - Composer - Vocalist

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  • Jennifer Leitham named one of the 50 most interesting people of 2016 by the L.A. Weekly!

    An Acclaimed Bassist Overcomes Jazz’s Transphobia

  • MOOD(S)WINGS Voted One of the top 3 Albums of 2015 by the Readers of JazzEd Magazine!

    Here is a link to the poll results. Released by independent label Sinistral Records in June ’15, MOOD(S)WINGS spent 8 weeks at the top of the CD Baby Crossover Jazz chart.moodswingscover400

  • MOOD(S)WINGS Released!

    Jennifer’s brand new CD MOOD(S)WINGS has been released and is available right now for download from CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon.  Click here to listen and buy!

    MOOD(S)WINGS is a mood swinging statement of joy, sorrow, pain, and exhilaration, this collection displays her crackerjack trio, amazing special guests, plus her wry lyrics, compositions and arrangements. This is virtuosic music that takes you on an emotional journey.


  • Vanity Fair- Special Issue

    Jennifer is very proud to announce that she has been selected as a Pioneer along with 19 other people “whose life stories have resonated across the culture”, and is included with a full page photo by Mary Ann Halpin in an article called “The Transgender Moment” in a special edition by Vanity Fair. The special edition is titled TRANS AMERICA and it’s on newsstands right now!! The special issue contains articles culled from Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, The New Yorker, (all Conde Nast publications).
    For more information, click here.

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About Jennifer Leitham

Jennifer Leitham is a career Jazz musician, and has been a professional musician for over 40 years. She is known for playing for many famous dead people, among them Mel Torme’, Peggy Lee, George Shearing, Woody Herman, Benny Carter, Louis Bellson, and a horde of others you wouldn’t have heard of. She’s also played for some who are still alive, Doc Severinsen, and k.d. lang just to name two.

Her basslines have graced many movies and TV shows, and recently she was the subject of an award winning documentary, I Stand Corrected.

She is a bassist, vocalist, composer, arranger, lyricist, and producer.
She is an active educator, and has taught at every level, from beginners to grad students and working professionals across the country. Jennifer is currently teaching private students  globally in cyberspace via SKYPE.

She is most proud of her career as a recording artist. As of now she has played on over 125 albums, including 10 albums of her own, (including her huge hit The Real Me), and is currently working on another.

The Jennifer Leitham Trio is an active, working, creative force. Come on out and catch them sometime!

(A more detailed biography is included in the Press section)

Upcoming Shows

  • Wed

    Jennifer Leitham Birthday Bash


    Catalina Jazz Club
    6725 West Sunset Blvd.
    Hollywood California 90028

    Photo by Maria Brunner Ventura
    Photo by Maria Brunner Ventura

    Wednesday August 10
    Featuring:The Jennifer Leitham Trio
    Jennifer Leitham bass, vocals
    Andy Langham piano
    Randy Drake drums

    Come celebrate Jennifer's birthday at L.A.'s iconic Jazz club!

    Phone: (323) 466-2210
    $15 cover
    For tickets click here
    parking in structure behind the building, entrance on McCadden. Enter through the parking structure, door opens to courtyard.

  • Thu

    Jennifer Leitham Trio - Rancho Mirage


    at The Atrium
    69930 Highway 111, Suite 116
    Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

    photo by Danny Liao L.A. Weekly
    photo by Danny Liao
    L.A. Weekly

    Thursday, Friday and Saturday
    August 25,26,27
    The Jennifer Leitham Trio

    Jennifer Leitham bass, vocals
    Randy Drake drums
    Andy Langham piano August 25, 26
    Rich Eames piano August 27

    at The Atrium
    69930 Highway 111, Suite 116
    Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

    Tickets on sale now! Click here for tickets.
    BOX OFFICE HOURS: Mon-Fri 10:30-2:30
    and 2-hours prior to performance

    "We'll be playing a different show each night.
    On opening night, the emphasis will be on material from "Left Coast Story", including the suite from "West Side Story".
    On August 26th, we'll be playing material from my latest, "MOOD(S)WINGS", as well as a few (edited into non holiday), selections from "Future Christmas".
    On August 27th, we'll be playing music that was featured in "I Stand Corrected", mostly music from my greatest hit album "The Real Me"......:-)
    So be there all 3 nights!!!! I promise original witty banter for each show.....:-)"


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