About Jennifer Leitham
“The world that Leitham has moved in since the early ’80s has been at the center of the highest levels of jazz performance. More than 100 recordings as an A-list bassist, eight CDs of her own, long-term stints with Mel Tormé, Doc Severinsen and the Woody Herman Thundering Herd as well as appearances with the likes of Gerry Mulligan, Joe Pass, Louis Bellson, Bill Watrous, Cleo Laine and dozens of others attest to the far-ranging versatility of her playing”. JazzTimes, 2009 - Don Heckman.
"Left-handed virtuoso of the upright bass." Los Angeles Times - Leonard Feather
Jennifer has been a featured artist at at many of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals and clubs. Recently she has appeared with her trio at some of the finest venues in the world, including The Blue Note, Iridium, Small's, and Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York, The Toronto Pride Fest, The Bohem Festival in Budapest and The Louis Armstrong Jazz Festival in Bank, Hungary, Mammoth Lakes, Sacramento, and Sweet and Hot Jazz Festivals in California, Blues Alley in Washington DC, Catalina's, Charlie O’s, Cafe 322, The Lighthouse, The Warner Grand Theater in Los Angeles, “KSDS Jazz Live” at the Savile Theater in San Diego, Milford Center for the Arts, Connecticut, The Black Box Theater at Centenary College and Shanghai Jazz in New Jersey, the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Pa, the Deer Head Inn in the Delaware Water Gap, Pa and a host of others.
Whether fronting her trio or her quintet, Jennifer has been an admired bandleader and a unique, creative musical force.
Jennifer’s most recent CD, the critically acclaimed Left Coast Story (2008), is a collection of requests from her loyal fans.
Her premier trio CD The Real Me (2006) is a reflection of her passion for the medium of “classic jazz trio”. However, this “classic trio” features the bass as the lead voice throughout and highlights both Jennifer’s original compositions and vocal debut.
Leitham’s other internationally renowned CD's include Left Coast Story (2008) Two for the Road (1999), Live (1997) Lefty Leaps In (1996) The Southpaw (1992) Leitham Up (1988) and the audio download The Real Me Live (2011)
Her new DVD "The Real Me Live" is a live in concert rendering of the music from the groundbreaking CD. The June 2011 release is crackling with intensity, passion, and virtuosity and has been named by venerable Jazz historian/author W. Royal Stokes to his list of the top 10 music DVDs of 2011
"I Stand Corrected", the new documentary about Jennifer, currently is playing on the film festival circuit and is the winner of multiple Audience Choice Awards for best film!