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I'm honored to be receiving the JazzZone Jazz Living Legend Award Thursday, May 18th at the Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center. Award Info

An Acclaimed Bassist Overcomes Jazz's Transphobia

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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MOOD(S)WINGS Voted One of the top 3 Albums of 2015 by the Readers of JazzEd Magazine! Released by independent label Sinistral Records in June ’15, MOOD(S)WINGS spent 8 weeks at the top of the CD Baby Crossover - Poll Results

Jennifer is very proud to announce that she has been selected as a Pioneer along with 19 other people "whose life stories have resonated across the culture", and is included with a full page photo by Mary Ann Halpin in an article called "The Transgender Moment" in a special edition by Vanity Fair. The special edition is titled TRANS AMERICA and it's on newsstands right now!! The special issue contains articles culled from Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ, The New Yorker, (all Conde Nast publications). More information

About Jennifer Leitham

Considered by many to be one of the finest bassists in the world, Jennifer Leitham has been a career Jazz musician for over 50 years. Known for playing with many music world masters, including Mel Tormé, Peggy Lee, George Shearing, Doc Severinsen, Woody Herman, Benny Carter, Louis Bellson, Take 6 and k.d. lang, along with countless other greats in many genres.

She is a bassist, vocalist, composer, arranger, lyricist, and producer. Her bass lines have graced numerous movies and TV shows. Currently Jennifer leads her trio and plays in clubs and concerts around the world. Jennifer is also the acclaimed Left Coast Uke.

Jennifer has played on over 150 albums, including 11 albums of her own. In 2019 she released "Remnants Of Humanity", a wry commentary on current events, that she describes as "Jazz with a conscience!" Her 2015 release, MOOD(S)WINGS, was the #1 Crossover Jazz top seller on CD Baby for over 8 weeks and was voted one of the top three Jazz CDs of 2015 by the readers of JazzEd magazine. Her "Future Christmas" was one of the top selling Indie CDs of 2014.

The feature film documentary about her, "I Stand Corrected" was the winner of 14 best film awards as it screened at film festivals around the world in 2012.

She was awarded the 2014 Community Leader Angel Award by the Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. She was featured as one of the top 20 pioneers in Vanity Fair's "Trans America" 2015 Edition. In 2016, L.A. Weekly named her as as one of the "50 Most Interesting Angelinos."

Her music is popular on streaming platforms, most notably Spotify, with over 4 million streams as of this writing. In 2019 she was a featured speaker at the Jazz at Lincoln Center/JazzTimes Jazz Congress in New York City, where she was interviewed for features by the Now This news organization, and the videos have been viewed over a million times!

In 2023, she was awarded the JazzZone Jazz Living Legend Award.

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photo by Jeff Michelson 2003



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Girl Talk Magazine Session 2001



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Photo by Maria Brunner Ventura


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