It’s a pleasure to see an MD/pianist so in sync with a vocalist taking risks. Alex Leonard not only plays with terrific finesse but has translated Vernon’s very different, often difficult intentions to viable scenarios.
The kind of smooth, urbane voice that fits Porter to a tee... Leonard is a swinging, sexy pianist..." - Jerome Wilson, Cadence Magazine
"His piano playing is top draw, betraying thoughts of Bill Evans, Erroll Garner, and Hank Jones." - Dave Nathan, All About Jazz
"Alex Leonard is one of the finest jazz pianists performing today." "One of the most superb, finest Cole Porter collections made in recent years." - Lee Prosser, JazzReview.com
"... a class act. If you love jazz and Cole Porter, this CD will start your year off right... superb piano playing... Alex Leonard and a group of terrific musicians have some serious jazz chops..." - David Hurst, Show Business
"Leonard's precise, responsive, fluent right hand might be doing surgery... with sincerity and tenderness. Leonard knows what he's singing. A cottony high note lingers. We exit smiling." -Alix Cohen, Broadway World
"a polished musician with complex, thoughtful, yet accessible interpretations from an eclectic song list." - Elizabeth Ahlfors, Cabaret Scenes
"Laurie Beechman Theater hosted A Marvelous Party – An Evening of Noel Coward Songs...Highlights included:... Alex Leonard’s unusually poignant, though jazzy version of “Dance Little Lady” exemplary of “the allure and corruption of those syncopated rhythms”. -Alix Cohen, Women Around Town
"...his vocal is so tender, so touching... his playing throughout is marked by uncommon grace. This is a lovely evening, filled with music I could listen to for hours. - Roy Sander, bistroawards.com
"The show got off to a rollicking start with jazz pianist/singer Alex Leonard, who had composed a new song... Its snazzy tune and delicious lyrics perfectly encapsulated Leonard’s breezy delivery and obvious passion for the American Songbook." - David Hurst, Next Magazine
Alex and David began collaborating and blending their talents in 2015. In just a very short period of time they have been recognized as a class act. They pay very close attention to every single detail when producing shows. Universal, Intelligent and well researched material are always primary to the foundation of their presentations. They don’t just perform with each other. They strive for the perfect balance with the deliberate intentions of revealing the deepest impact possible through the demonstration of their talents.
It is exciting to be enveloped into a world that feels simultaneously idiosyncratic and completely genuine.
David Vernon comes from the Midwest USA. Since his relocation to NYC he has captivated audiences with his spell binding performances and recordings. He creates his own thematic shows around subjects that are relevant and sometimes provocative. Audiences have had the opportunity to experience his unique talents at to name but just a few, The Algonquin Hotel, Birdland, Metropolitan Room, The Laurie Beechman Theatre and Don’t Tell Mama.
Critics take delight in defining Vernon’s performances.
In collaboration with Alex Leonard their music is fluid, sensitive and engaging from the first note to the final bow.
Columnist and Critic Alix Cohen says “It’s a pleasure to see an MD/pianist so in sync with a vocalist taking risks. Alex Leonard not only plays with terrific finesse but has translated Vernon’s very different, often difficult intentions to viable scenarios.”
A LOVE TRILOGY
LOVE…The Concert is one third of a trilogy David is in pre-production on. The trilogy consists of three projects
1. LOVE…The Album contains cover love songs rearranged and orchestrated with the most modern technology available today.
( sample demos are available upon request )
2. Love…The Concert which was the first collaboration of Vernon and Leonard. This concert is a condensed version of a storyline within "Beloved".
3. "Beloved" is a Musical theatre piece penned by Vernon with original compositions.
All Music Guide calls Alex Leonard, “an important mainstay of the Big Apple”, the theater magazine Show Business writes, “superb piano playing... a class act”.
The Bistro Bits column of the Bistro Awards writes, “his vocal is so tender, so touching... his playing throughout is marked with uncommon grace” and in an album critique Jazz Review comments, “Alex Leonard is one of the finest jazz pianists performing today”.
With elegance, style and grace, international performing artist Alex Leonard has been featured in venues from Manhattan to Las Vegas, Europe and Japan. He has performed on stages such as Lincoln Center's Rose Hall, The Bruno Walter Auditorium, Joe's Pub, Below 54, The Cutting Room, The Smith Center and Off-Broadway.
Alex's recordings have received national airplay and enthusiastic reviews from publications such as Jazz Now, Broadway World, Cabaret Scenes, Cadence and All About Jazz. He has been a featured guest on many programs including CUNY-TV and Bloomberg Radio’s The Business of Show Business
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