Jay Leonhart - Bio

Jay Leonhart

Bassist Jay Leonhart has been recognized as a very accomplished bass player for a long time now. He has been named the Outstanding Bassist In the Recording Industry three times and is always mentioned when the discussion turns to the outstanding . At age thirteen, while playing banjo with his brother in a Dixieland band in Baltimore, Jay watched and listened to the bass player and knew that the bass was the instrument he would play forever.

Since that time Jay has been privileged to play with the likes of Judy Garland, Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, Buddy Rich, Jim Hall, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Marian McPartland, Kenny Barron, Sting, James Taylor, Papa Joe Jones, Roy Eldridge, Jim Hall, Louie Bellson, Dick Hyman, Luciano Pavarotti, and many more.

Over the years, Jay Leonhart has been writing and singing his own very individualistic songs about his life as a bass player. He now performs his music worldwide to very receptive audiences including media critics.* 

*"Add Jay Leonhart to the small, very exclusive list of jazz humorists...in the upper echelon of a group that includes Oscar Brown Jr., Dave Frishberg and Bob Dorough." Stephen Holden, New York Times

“Leonhart belongs to a breed of serious comic songwriter whose marquee names include Tom Lehrer, Dave Frishberg and Loudon Wainwright III, his satirical observations have a softer bite."   – Don Heckman, LA Times

"Leonhart is the Fred Astaire of jazz a craftsman so seamlessly smooth that casual observers often fail to grasp the immensity of his talent."  – Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times