Michael Leonhart Orchestra Confirms Oct 10 Return To NYC’s Jazz Standard
New Album The Painted Lady Suite Out Now
Randy Brecker and other surprise guests to perform
A seductive record that finds a balance between magnificence and melancholy. – THE NEW YORK TIMES
No passports needed. No packing bags. Just a sense of freedom to travel; the same sense Michael Leonhart mines to create this majestic new recording. – WBGO
After four sold out sets celebrating the release of their debut album The Painted Lady Suite, The Michael Leonhart Orchestra returns to Jazz Standard on October 10th with special guest Randy Brecker on trumpet.
Not only was Randy’s work as trumpeter/composer an inspiration during Michael’s formative years, the two have the distinct honor of being the only trumpeters to have ever worked with Steely Dan, James Brown and Yoko Ono. They have both spent their career straddling the line between experimental jazz/funk and chart topping pop hits.
Michael will be premiering new arrangements from Randy’s legendary discography including music by Parliament, Frank Zappa, Horace Silver and the Brecker Brothers.
Randy will also join the orchestra for music from The Painted Lady Suite.
Other featured members of the orchestra will be:
Joh Ellis – tenor sax
Philip Dizack – trumpet
Dave Guy– trumpet
Ian Hendrickson-Smith – tenor sax
Sara Schoenbeck – bassoon
The MLO will begin their monthly residency at Jazz Standard in 2019.
Michael Leonhart, the GRAMMY-winning trumpeter, composer, producer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and Steely Dan and Mark Ronson collaborator celebrated the release of his orchestra’s debut album, The Painted Lady Suite, in July 2018 at Jazz Standard in New York City. The show featured album collaborators Nels Cline on guitar and Donny McCaslin on tenor saxophone.
The Painted Lady Suite it out now via Sunnyside Records and is inspired by the butterfly of the same name. While Leonhart was initially attracted to its flamboyant coloration and wing ornamentation, it was the butterfly’s incredible migration, which spans over six generations and 9,000 miles — twice that of the Monarch butterfly, that sparked his imagination.
The Michael Leonhart Orchestra Live
Oct 10 – The Jazz Standard – Tickets
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About Michael Leonhart
Michael Leonhart is a Grammy-winning multi-hyphenate: trumpeter, composer, producer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. As a trumpeter, Michael has performed with rock legends Steely Dan since 1996, recording two albums with them, including 2000’s four-time Grammy winning Album of the Year, Two Against Nature, on which he was a featured soloist, arranger and conductor. He also appears on Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ Grammy-winning 2016 Record of the Year, “Uptown Funk.” Michael has composed music for stage and screen, including a song for Meryl Streep, whose performance he directed on the Decca soundtrack album Songs of Lahore. Leonhart recently composed music for the score to Rockstar Games upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2. Michael produced Karrin Allyson’s Grammy-nominated album, Many A New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers and Hammerstein. Michael has performed and/or recorded with music legends Ringo Starr, Brian Eno, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson, Eric Clapton, Levon Helm, A Tribe Called Quest, Caetano Veloso, Bette Midler, Yoko Ono, Q-Tip, Raekwon (Wu-Tang Clan), Busta Rhymes, Henry Mancini, Phil Collins, Randy Newman, Steve Winwood, Bill Withers, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), John Barry, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Todd Rundgren and Bonnie Raitt, Alicia Keys, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Sean Lennon, Lauryn Hill and Antibalas.
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