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The Dave Leonhardt Jazz Group (Part of our Jazz Upstairs Series)


Allentown Symphony Orchestra
23 N 6th St 18101 Allentown United States
An Evening of Cole Porter
This internationally acclaimed jazz pianist and his band takes an exciting new look at the music of one of America’s most popular song writers. Cole Porter’s music has been a favorite of jazz musicians for over half a century and with this fresh vivid interpretation David Leonhardt brings together all his formidable talents as arranger, improviser, and band leader to fashion a memorable musical experience. This band will have fingers snapping and toes tapping as they present a concert of cool jazz and hot rhythms playing such favorites as ”Night And Day”, “Love For Sale”, and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”. Always lyrical and creative these veteran performers will embark on a musical journey that enraptures and excites. Come along for the ride!

“Oscillating between peaceful and joyful, David Leonhardt shows a visceral understanding of Cole Porter's mindset. Refined and relaxing, Leonhardt's new recording has a loving touch..” ~ Susan Frances on Yahoo

"David Leonhardt, an intense and swinging artist alert to every mood." ~ Los Angeles Times

“Porter fans will be more than satisfied with Leonhardt’s selection and arrangements ....Leonhardt’s well constructed improvisations...” ~ Wilbert Sostre, Jazz Times

With over forty years of experience as a professional pianist David Leonhardt is a true veteran of the music world. A road warrior he has played across the world with some of the greatest jazz musicians around. The group has appeared at Arts Festival of Shenzen in China, Winnipeg Jazz Festival, French Maison de Dance in Lyon, as well festivals and concerts throughout the United States. Matthew Parrish is a virtuoso acoustic bassist with a growing international reputation. Pittsburg drummer Paul Wells has toured with Debbie Harry of Blondie fame as well as a host of jazz legends. Truly this is a group of some the top jazz musicians on the planet!

Admission includes two sets of music, light fare, and cash bar.

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