Carolyn Leonhart's "My Old Skool"
Friday, February 24
7:30pm - 10pm
Carolyn Leonhart - vocals
Ray Gallon - piano
Jay Leonhart - bass
Darryl Green - drums
Myron Walden - saxophone
A soulful singer of “stunning intelligence” with a voice that is “absolute magic” (JazzTimes), award-winning vocalist Carolyn Leonhart has released four critically-acclaimed solo albums which have been on heavy rotation on jazz radio charts worldwide. Winner of Downbeat’s “Best College Jazz Vocalist” as well as third place winner in the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition, Carolyn beautifully weaves the worlds of jazz and pop into every project she is a part of.
In addition to headlining at jazz clubs, concert halls and festivals with her solo band, Carolyn has been a member of the iconic jazz/rock group Steely Dan for over a decade, appearing as a featured back-up vocalist on every album and every tour, including the multi Grammy Award winning “Two Against Nature”. Carolyn has toured and performed with Al Jarreau, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, Enya, and The Charles Mingus Big Band, Hank Jones, Catherine Russell, and was recently featured at Jazz At Lincoln Center. In late 2017, Carolyn made her acting debut and received critical acclaim for her performance in the Off-Broadway musical, “Cross That River”.
Carolyn has recently recorded with Helen Sung and Scott Reeves, and is currently recording her next solo album with a quintet of jazz heavyweights including Christian Sands on piano, Myron Walden on tenor saxophone, Richie Goods on bass, and Rodney Green on drums. “That Carolyn Leonhart can hold her own as a superlative vocalist is undeniable,” reports JazzTimes and All About Jazz adds, “It’s rare to hear a singer who has both chops and discernible style. Carolyn Leonhart is one of the few: it’s a pleasure to hear the intelligence and nuance in her delivery.”