David Leonhardt is a veteran jazz pianist and composer with over 45 years of professional experience and 24 CDs under his own names well as countless others as a sideman. He has appeared internationally throughout North and South America, Europe, the Middle and Far East with some of the biggest names in jazz. The Los Angeles Times says "David Leonhardt is an intense and swinging artist alert to every mood." While Jazz Times says “Leonhardt’s deft and airy piano touch, always romantic and brightly swinging”
He has performed or recorded with Jon Hendricks, David "Fathead" Newman, Buddy Defranco, Dave Liebman, Buddy Tate, Diane Reeves, Bobby McFerrin, Stan Getz, Slide Hampton, Eddie Henderson, Robin Eubanks, Ray Drummond, Lewis Nash, Hank Crawford, Claudio Roditi, The Benny Carter Orchestra, Jimmy Cobb, Lou Donaldson, Ron Carter, Herbie Mann, Wynard Harper, Jamey Aebersold, Phil Woods, Tom Harrell, Gary Bartz, Mickey Roker, Bobby Durham, Kenny Washington
David Leonhardt bio –Career Highlights
Twenty year with saxophonist David “Fathead” Newman: arranging and playing on four CDs, international tours. 1988-2008
Four year as musical director for jazz vocalist Jon Hendricks: international tours, jazz festivals, radio and TV broadcasts. 1983-1987
President and founder of Big Bang Records with eighteen CDs as a leader. 1993 to present.
Fifteen years leading The David Leonhardt Jazz Group a concert ensemble with hundreds of performances: theaters, Universities, Colleges, festivals, arts organizations US, Canada and Europe. 1993-2008
Twelve years freelance experience in New York City. Broadway to the Today Show, jazz clubs to dance halls, Bar Mitzvahs and weddings to cabaret clubs and Lincoln Center, jingles to jazz records. 1980-1992
Twenty years performing with legendary Tap Dancers. Musical director for Manhattan Tap and The Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers including National and European tours, television and DVDs. 1987 to 2008
Decades of experiences as a jazz educator in universities, colleges, clinics and workshops. Ten years of presenting “Jazz For Kids” an interactive children’s program.
First jazz experience playing piano as a teenager with jazz educator Jamey Aebersold in concerts, clubs and school presentations in Louisville, KY. 1974-1980