Jay Leonhart

Bassist Jay Leonhart was born on December 6, 1940 in Baltimore, Maryland. His parents and six siblings were all musically inclined, playing the piano, banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass. After studying at The Peabody Institute, Leonhart attended The Berklee School of Music in Boston and the Advanced School of contemporary Music in Toronto. In 1961, he moved to New York City, where he performed with such artists as Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, Tony Bennett, Marian McPartland, and Jim Hall. Leonhart has now recorded 15 solo albums, and his most recent projects include two one-man shows, The Bass Lesson and Nukular Tulips. With the formation of the Jay Leonhart Trio, the group released their firsts CD, Cool, to critical acclaim. Among other accolades, Leonhart has been named The Most Valuable Bassist in the Recording Industry three times by the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences.