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Jennifer Leitham

Jazz Bassist - Composer - Vocalist

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  • 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.

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  • 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

  • Sun
    14
    Feb
    2016

    Mark Christian Miller at the E Spot

    1pm

    E Spot at Vitello's, 4349 Tujunga Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

    Mark Christian Miller vocals
    Josh Nelson piano
    Jennifer Leitham bass
    Dan Schnelle drums

    February 14, 2016 1pm
    E Spot at Vitello's
    Doors open 11:30am
    $10 cover
    http://www.vitellosrestaurant.com/buy-tickets
    4349 Tujunga Ave,, Studio City, CA 91604
    Phone. 818-769-0905 Fax. 818-769-0928

  • Sun
    21
    Feb
    2016

    Ginger and Scott - Soho

    1pm

    Soho Restaurant & Music Club 
    1221 State St # 205
    Santa Barbara, CA 93101

    The Santa Barbara Jazz Society  presents Ginger and Scott

    Sunday Feb. 21st 1 PM 

    Ginger Berglund vocals
    Scott Whitfield trombone, vocals
    Roger Neumann reeds
    Jeff Colella piano
    Jennifer Leitham bass
    Kendall Kay drums

    Soho Restaurant & Music Club 
    1221 State St # 205
    Santa Barbara, CA 93101

  • Thu
    31
    Mar
    2016

    Jennifer Leitham Trio, I Stand Corrected

    6pm

    TBA, Santa Barbara, CA

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    More details TBA

    March 31st is The Transgender Day of Visibility in Santa Barbara, Ca

    Join the celebration in Santa Barbara for a screening of the award winning documentary "I Stand Corrected", followed by a Q&A with subject Jennifer Leitham.

    After intermission there will be a concert by The Jennifer Leitham Trio

    Jennifer- bass, vocals

    Andy Langham - piano,

    Randy Drake - drums

    TBA - Santa Barbara
    Stay tuned......more details forthcoming......

  • Thu
    07
    Apr
    2016
    Sun
    24
    Apr
    2016

    The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra Spring Tour 2016

    Upper Midwest USA

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    Here are the firm shows, more TBA:

     

    April 7-8 Stillwater, MN Stillwater High School
    April 10 Washington, IA - Washington Community Center
    April 11 Oskaloosa, IA - Oskaloosa High School
    April 12 Sac City, IA - Sac City High School
    April 14 Dubuque, IA - Dubuque High School
    April 15 Chicago, IL Carl Shurtz High School
    April 17 Berwyn, IL - Fitgerald's night club
    April 18 O'Fallon, MO Ft Zumwalt North High School
    April 19 Branson, MO Branson High School

    The SKLO will be touring through the Upper Midwest USA from April 7 to April 24, 2016. Another whirlwind of clinics, private teaching, making great music and spreading the gospel of art and craft in making music.

    Directed by Mike Vax

    Alumni from the 1956 - 1978 Stan Kenton Orchestras along with alumni of the Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lionel Hampton Orchestras come together for tours around the United States every year. They perform some of the well-known music of the Stan Kenton Orchestra; plus in keeping with Stan's insistence on not just performing nostalgia type music, they also perform fresh new material written in the Kenton style, as well as original material written by members of the Band. They are NOT trying to be the "Stan Kenton Orchestra", but are carrying on his tradition of dedication to creative music and to jazz education.The goals of the big band are to perform meaningful music, talk about the importance of the jazz heritage in America, bring jazz music to young people, and to offer our audiences a relaxed, entertaining atmosphere.

  • Sat
    07
    May
    2016

    Jennifer Leitham Trio - Squashed Grapes

    7pm

    Squashed Grapes
    2351 E. Main St.
    Ventura, CA 93003


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    Saturday February 6, 2016
    The Jennifer Leitham Trio
    is appearing at
    Squashed Grapes

    Jennifer Leitham bass, vocals
    Andy Langham piano
    Randy Drake drums

    7 to 10pm
    Squashed Grapes
    2351 E. Main St.
    Ventura, CA 93003
    (805) 643-7300
    info@squashedgrapes.com
    http://www.facebook.com/SquashedGrapes
    $10 cover

    "We loved this room so much we wanted to play there again ASAP. Squashed Grapes hearkens us back to the days of real jazz clubs in L.A. The audience and performers are up close and personal, it's a very friendly, intimate space. They make their own wines! Take a day trip and enjoy the lovely coastline and shops of beautiful Ventura, Ca, then head to Squashed Grapes and sample the liquid art and the musical fare. Hope to see you there!"
    - Jennifer

    photo by Lisa Gillinger

  • Sun
    26
    Jun
    2016

    Jennifer Leitham Trio - West Hollywood

    4pm to 5:30pm

    Kings Road Park
    1000 N. Kings Road
    West Hollywood, CA 90069

     

    photo by Mary Ann Halpin
    photo by Mary Ann Halpin

    City of West Hollywood Summer Sounds Series
    presents
    The Jennifer Leitham Trio

    4pm to 5:30pm
    Kings Road Park
    1000 N. Kings Road
    West Hollywood, CA 90069
    FREE to the public!

    The City of West Hollywood through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission presents the 2016 Summer Sounds Concert Performance Series, which takes place outdoors throughout the summer at Kings Road Park and Plummer Park. 
    All concerts are FREE to attend and start at 4 pm. RSVPs are not needed. Limited first come, first serve seating will be available, or alternately bring a picnic basket and a blanket to enjoy the show. You can also get picnic supplies at Gelson's, our local supermarket, which is located less than half a block away from Kings Road Park.

Contact

Jennifer can be contacted via email for information or appearances

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