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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



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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

  • Sat
    21
    May
    2016

    Jennifer Leitham Trio - Ventura

    7pm

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

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    Saturday May 21, 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
    http://www.squashedgrapes.com/
    (805) 643-7300
    info@squashedgrapes.com
    $10 cover
    "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. It reminds me of Charlie O's, with the piano on the floor and bass and drums on the tiny stage, but unlike Charlie O's, they make their own wines! There is Italian cuisine, and by all reports the pizza is stellar. 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
    29
    May
    2016

    Jennifer Leitham Trio - Riverside, Ca

    11am

    The Riverside Community Center for Spiritual Living
    3891 Ridge Road
    Riverside, CA 92501

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    Sunday May 29th.
    Jennifer Leitham is speaking
    and
    The Jennifer Leitham Trio
    is performing at
    Community Center for Spiritual Living

    Jennifer Leitham bass, vocals
    Andy Langham piano
    Dave Tull drums

    FREE and open to the public
    11am service - Jennifer will be speaking.
    The Riverside Community Center for Spiritual Living
    3891 Ridge Road
    Riverside, CA 92501
    Telephone: 951.683.2343
    http://riversidecsl.org/

    "We performed and I spoke at the Center back in November '15. It was a truly uplifting experience. This is not a religious ceremony, but it truly is a spiritual one. Many of the lyrics that I've written are in accord with the philosophies of Spiritual Living. It wasn't my intent when I composed them, but it is quite a happy accident. We are in discussions to turn this into a bigger event than just the service, please stay tuned...." - Jennifer

  • Sun
    26
    Jun
    2016

    Jennifer Leitham Trio - West Hollywood

    4pm to 5:30pm

    West Hollywood City Hall Community Plaza
    8300 Santa Monica Blvd.
    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
    West Hollywood City Hall Community Plaza
    8300 Santa Monica Blvd.
    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 West Hollywood City Hall Community Plaza. 
    All concerts are FREE to attend and start at 4 pm.

Contact

Jennifer can be contacted via email for information or appearances

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