Hi! School started two weeks ago and I'm having an incredible time so far. I don't love being so busy, but I do love learning so much here!

I'd like to let you know about a new regularly gig I just started playing at the Lilt Lounge inside the Epic Hotel in Downtown Miami.

Every thursday night, I'll be playing with some great friends: Jaylon Ballard-vocals, Jason Matthews- Hammond Organ and bass rig, Aaron Glueckauf-drums. Together we play our own versions of songs by Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Frank Ocean and others. Too much fun! Click here for a cool news story about us.

I've also been selected to represent Youngarts Jazz in their promotional stuffs! I'm honored to be representing them and think that my actual logo is so cool! Be on the lookout for my silhouette on promotional items and YA billboards around the country! If you're interested in purchasing Youngarts swag (not just with me on it), click here!

Be sure to check my calendar for events and catch me around town! Hope to see you there!

Hi! These past two months have been incredible for me. I've had so much personal and musical growth and it's great to feel times like these as they are happening.

My time at the Banff Workshop for Creative Music and Jazz was incredible! Over three weeks, I got to work with some of the most honest musicians on the planet in what has to be one of the most beautiful places on the planet. The Banff Centre was so very gracious and warm to us and I'm so glad that I was able to take part in workshop like this one- my musical mind is in a completely different place now. I've made some lifelong friends and met musicians I hope to play with for years to come.

In Miami, I continue to play at The Fish House every Wednesday night, now joined by the great Ira Sullivan every second Wednesday of the month! I performed a concert and gave a masterclass at the WDNA Jazz Gallery with my quartet and also been playing lots around town and with a Chordless Quartet alongside saxophonist Mark Small and drummer Rodolfo Zuniga. 

I also recently posted some youtube videos of my quartet in the studio. I love playing with these guys, check it out here! 

After a week's vacation in the Florida Keys, I'm looking forward to Sound Underground's three week tour of Bulgaria! This will be my first time in Europe and our first tour as a band. Can't wait!

Until next time....

P.S. Check out Sound Underground's Facebook Page

School’s out! This semester at school, I worked with with Jeff “Tain” Watts, Fred Hersch, Dafnis Prieto, E.J. Strickland band, performed the music from Miles’s “Porgy and Bess” with Terence Blanchard and Wayne Bergeron and also traveled to Monterey, California and New Orleans. Between school, gigs around Miami, and my own projects it’s been a busy but incredibly rewarding few months.

In the coming months, I’m looking forward to resting and relaxing….but not for long! In a few days, I’ll be heading to Banff, Canada to work with some incredible musicians at the Banff International Workshop. After a short return home, I’m off again for a three-week tour of Bulgaria/ Serbia with Sound Underground. I’m also very happy to announce that we just released our debut album! Be sure to message me if you are interested in purchasing a copy. A sample of our album can be found at www.soundunderground.bandcamp.com

As always, I will continue to host a weekly jam session at The Fish House on Miller Rd. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to to play alongside Jazz legend Ira Sullivan every 2nd wednesday of the month as he'll be joining us during the summer months. If you are a local, be sure to make it out!

Stay tuned for some new recordings of my original music with my quartet too! Ill be posting them on my youtube page. Thanks for checking in. Cheers!

 

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1/1/2014

I just came back from an incredible 5 day trip to Costa Rica! While there, I played as a special guest with the Big Band from the Centro National De Le Musica and 4 nights at a great little club called El Sotano in Barrio Amon. The shows included drummer Rodolfo Zuñiga’s tribute to Nancy Wilson/ Cannonball Adderely featuring singer Karla Gutierrez and a night of original arrangements with her group “Solstice”.

I was completely taken aback by the level of respect for the music the audience showed night after night.  Even in a packed house, they remained quiet and attentive till the songs had finished.  I am very thankful to Rodolfo, Karla, Kenneth Jimenez and countless others who were so hospitable and made my experience to Costa Rica so special!

For the rest of my winter break, I will be working hard composing and arranging for the Henry Mancini Instute Jazz Septet led by Terence Blanchard (a.k.a. Terence Ensemble).

As always, I will continue to lead a weekly jam session at The Fish House every Wednesday from 7pm-11pm. I love playing this gig with friends every week and would love to see you there!

 

davidleonjazz.com website

Welcome to my new website, DavidLeonJazz.com. I am thrilled that you're here! Please feel free to explore the site and learn more about me and my music.

A very special thank you to Rick Perez of Tesseract Consulting for creating my website. Click here to contact him.

Special thanks to Michelle Guerra and Guy Manning for their help with website photos as well.

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