Featuring: Jamie Leonhart & Her Sextet, Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7
Event Information: 212-505-FISH
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Jamie and Michael Leonhart bring their diverse influences to (le) Poisson Rouge for a night of continuous aural and visual stimulation.
"(Jamie) Leonhart's songs can be smart, whimsical or atmospheric, and her strong melodic sense and soulful feel can handle jazzy downtempo or folk-pop (imagine Feist, Laura Nyro and Corinne Bailey Rae on a bicycle built for three)." Nick Dedina, Rhapsody.com
Joined by a 6-person band, Jamie Leonhart will start the night with a slow burn, presenting her exciting songbook, including the premiere of new material. Woodwinds, lush vocal harmonies and a jazz trio support Leonhart’s passionate delivery, dynamic in emotional range and diverse in genre-crossing ability.
The simmer will explode into a roiling boil as Michael Leonhart & the Avramina 7 take to the stage – an ensemble of horns and 4-person choir over heavy Nigerian and Bollywood funk grooves, featuring members of Sharon Jones & the Dapkings, Budos Band, Antibalas and El Michels Affair. They’ll be playing songs from the upcoming album “seahorse & the storyteller” (Truth & Soul Records.)
Born in New York City, the granddaughter of a cantor, and the youngest of three musically-curious children, Jamie Leonhart began studying the violin at the age of three and singing soon after. Her inspiration to find her own voice began in her early teen years while singing in a vocal jazz ensemble, and at home foraging through her brother's expansive eclectic record collection. After graduating with a degree in English Literature from Barnard College, Jamie continued her musical journey: through leading a 'pop' band, to singing as a soloist in the New York Metro Mass Gospel Choir to performing as a solo artist at prominent New York venues such as Rockwood Music Hall, the Living Room, and Joe's Pub.
Jamie writes about many things: love, vulnerability, perspective, patience, and trust. "These songs talk about the truth … the truth about being uncomfortable, fitting in or not fitting in, and addressing and sometimes accepting flaws and faults," Leonhart says. "A lot of the tunes explore that: the human condition in its most basic form. The more intimate and specific I am with my lyrics, the more I hear from people that a song really 'spoke to them' – that I captured the sentiment that they were struggling to put to words, or felt alone in. So something very personal and intimate becomes universal."
Jamie has performed as a soloist from the stages of great New York Institutions including Avery Fisher Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall to intimate venues such as Joe’s Pub and Rockwood Music Hall. Jamie is employed as both a voice actor and vocalist for television and radio (Lifetime, Oxygen, TRESemmé, Neutrogena brand, Bratz brand dolls, etc.) and also works extensively as a background and session singer (Judy Kuhn, Paul Brill, Beatriz Acevedo, the Undisputed Heavyweights and more).
“The Truth About Suffering” (Sunnyside Records) was released worldwide in 2008.
Born into a musical family, Michael Leonhart has developed into one of the most imaginative musicians of his time, sought throughout the music and entertainment world as a trumpet player, producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and singer-songwriter.
As a solo artist Michael has released six albums -- "Aardvark Poses" (1995), "Glub Glub vol. 11" (1997), and "Slow" (2002) all on the Sunnyside label (http://www.sunnysiderecords.com/); "The Suzy Lattimore EP" (2005) & "The Ballad of Minton Quigley "(2006) self released and 2008's "Hotel Music" on limited edition vinyl with hand painted covers released through St. Ives (an imprint of Secretly Canadian). He has composed and performed music for movies, television, dance, fashion shows and theater, and has appeared on over 70 albums.
At age 17, Michael was honored as the youngest Grammy recipient in history, cited as the most outstanding musician in a U.S. high school. That same year ABC World News named him "Person of the Week".
Michael has performed with Steely Dan since 1996, recording two albums with them, including 2000's Grammy winning Album of the Year "Two Against Nature" on which he was a featured performer, arranger and conductor. He has performed and/or recorded with such diverse artists as A Tribe Called Quest, Arif Mardin, Arto Linsday, Bill Frisell, Bobby McFerrin, Bonnie Raitt, Brian Eno, Busta Rhymes, D.J. Spooky, David Byrne, Henry Mancini, James Brown, John Barry, Joshua Redman, Mos Def, Natalie Merchant, Q-Tip, Raekwon (Wutang Clan), Slash (Guns and Roses/ Velvet Revolver), Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Todd Rundgren, Vinicius Cantuaria and Wynton Marsalis.
In 2004, Michael toured worldwide with Lenny Kravitz supporting his most recent album, "Baptism."
This year, Michael will be touring with Steely Dan while putting the finishing touches on his 7th studio record "Seahorse and the Storyteller", to be released late 2009.
18+ or accompanied by legal guardian. This show is General Admission, first come, first serve. Seating is Limited. A purchased ticket does not guarantee you a seat. There is a two item minimum for all seated performances.