Winter Jazz Series: Carolyn Leonhart TrioMarch 16, 2018
Carolyn Leonhart has said that she does not consider herself a jazz singer, but rather just as a singer, and she has performed with ensembles covering a wide range of musical styles. She was deeply influenced by her father and by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker of Steely Dan. She says that other influences include Wayne Shorter, Woody Shaw, Ahmad Jamal, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
She attended the University of Rochester, obtaining a degree in Comparative Religion. Leonhart returned to New York and in 1994 began singing in jazz clubs. That year she competed in the Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition, coming third. In 2000, Leonhart released the album, Steal The Moon, a collaborative project with pianist and composer Rob Bargad. Since then, she began performing regularly with her own group at the Smoke Jazz Club in New York City, at Steamers and The Vic in California, and at other clubs on the east coast. She also performs regularly and tours with Steely Dan.