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Grammy-Winning composer Michael Leonhart returns to Jazz Standard on May 14th where he and his genre-crossing eighteen-piece ensemble will deliver music from his previous “Painted Lady Suite,” “Spinal Tap Suite” and “Wutang Suite.” Recently nominated for “Arranger Of The Year” from the Jazz Journalists Association, Leonhart brings us his sixth of several consecutive sold out sets at Jazz Standard. Attracting award-winning artists like Mark Ronson and producer Dan Was, MLO continues to produce innovatively themed compositions on the second Tuesday of each month.

The orchestra welcomes guitarist Nels Cline of Wilco, who has been anointed by Rolling Stone as both one of 20 “New Guitar Gods” as well as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time. Also joining the genre-blending ensemble are players from the Dap–Kings, the Mingus Big Band, the Maria Schneider Orchestra, and the “Tonight Show” band (The Roots). They will be performing both Leonhart’s original compositions and his arrangements of songs by Wu–Tang, Ornette Coleman, Spinal Tap and more. Next stop for MLO is Istanbul on April 30th, where they play on International Jazz Day.

Featured performers include,

Special guest – Nels Cline (guitar)

Drums – Kevin Raczka

Percussion – Elizabeth Pupo-Walker

Percussion – Daniel Freedman

Bass – Joe Martin

Guitar – Robbie Mangano

Accordion – Ron Oswanski

Trumpet – Philip Dizack

Trumpet – Jordan McLean

Trumpet – Billy Aukstik

Trumpet – Carter Yasutake

Trombone – Ryan Keberle

Bass Trombone – Jeff Nelson

Tenor sax and bass flute- Dave Pietro

Tenor sax – Michael Blake

Tenor sax and clarinets – Sam Sadigursky

Bari sax – Jason Marshall

Bassoon – Sara Schoenbeck

Violin – Claudia Chopek

Cello – Trevor Exter

Michael Leonhart, the GRAMMY-winning trumpeter, composer, producer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and Steely Dan and Mark Ronson collaborator released his debut album, The Painted Lady Suite, with The Michael Leonhart Orchestra via Sunnyside Records in 2018.

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May 14 – The Jazz Standard – Tickets

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Above: Mark Ronson & Michael Leonhart

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