David Leonhardt
 
  David Leonhardt, jazz pianist and composer, is a highly skilled and versatile musician. His twenty five years of professional experience has included recordings, T.V. and radio, concerts and festivals, night clubs and stage shows. He has appeared internationally throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle and Far East. Recently Mr. Leonhardt arranged and recorded the #1 jazz CD "Under a Woodstock Moon" with saxophonist David Newman, appeared with flutist Herbie Mann and bassist Ron Carter on the CD "Celebration".

Performing and studying as a teenager in Louisville, Kentucky with noted educator Jamey Aebersold, Mr. Leonhardt acquired his skills backing such diverse jazz talents as Buddy Defranco, Dave Liebman, and Buddy Tate. After moving to New York City in his twenties Mr. Leonhardt established himself as an international performing artist when he toured for four years as pianist for jazz legend Jon Hendricks. Six years as a member of the "Fathead" Newman Quintet furthered his reputation and made his name familiar on the New York jazz scene. He went on to co-lead a band recording three C.D.s for the Muse label and performing in the U.S., Japan, and Europe. In 1993 he founded Big Bang Records and released his first CD "Departure" to great critical acclaim as well as his popular CD "Reflections". He was musical director for the dance group Manhattan Tap for three years and is now the musical director and arranger for The Muhlenberg Jazz Tap Ensemble.

Mr. Leonhardt has produced, arranged, and performed on numerous recordings with jazz stars Stan Getz, Slide Hampton, Jon Hendricks, Eddie Henderson, Robin Eubanks, Ray Drummond, and Lewis Nash. His compositions have been recorded by such jazz greats as Stanley Turentine, David "Fathead" Newman, Hank Crawford, and Claudio Roditi. He has written arrangements for The Art Blakey Big Band and been guest conductor and arranger for The Benny Carter Orchestra.

At present Mr. Leonhardt is leading his own band with successful appearances at the International Arts Festival of Shenzen in China, the Winnipeg Jazz Festival, The French Maison de Dance in Lyon, as well festivals and concerts throughout the United States. His all star group has been heard at The Apollo Theater, The Blue Note, Birdland, and Sweet Basil. He is a well known educator, gives clinics world wide, and writes for the magazine "Piano Today". Mr. Leonhardt has twice been the Artist in Residence at Lafayette College and is on the roster of The Pennsylvania Arts On Tour.

This project is partially supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Performing Arts On Tour, a program developed and funded by the Vira I. Heinz Endowment, The William Penn Foundation, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and The Pew Charitable Trusts and Administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.