The Real Me Live
From the DVD of the same name.
Live Concert filmed and recorded at
Franklin Park, Riverside, California
Jennifer Jane 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, seven 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.
Jennifer has been a featured artist at at many of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals and clubs. In the last year 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, Hungary, Mammoth Lakes and Sweet and Hot Jazz Festivals in California, Blues Alley in Washington DC, Cafe 322 in Los Angeles, the Deer Head Inn in the Delaware Water Gap 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. Her new live concert DVD The Real Me Live (2011) contains concert versions of all of the music from Jennifer's groundbreaking CD The Real Me plus a bonus track. The Real Me Live and all of the individual tunes are also available for download in an audio only format.
Leitham’s other internationally renowned CD's include Two for the Road (1999), Live (1997) Lefty Leaps In (1996) The Southpaw (1992) and Leitham Up (1988).
Here is what the critics are saying about Jennifer :
"As a soloist, Leitham is in a class by herself. At the core of her powers are a rich plummy sound, an astonishing virtuosity, unerring intonation and a deep sense of swing. Leitham’s trio, to borrow from the argot of rock, is a power group extraordinaire." - Topeka Capitol Journal 2009, Chuck Berg
“...prodigious technique and improvisatory prowess promptly erase any emotion except awe." 52nd St. Jazz, Robert Bragonier
“...a unique level.......to effortlessly improvise with imagination, incredible skill and even a bit of humor." JazzTimes, Jim Ferguson
"Combining her astonishing virtuosity with some exquisite soul, Jennifer Leitham brings in her trio to celebrate the success of her latest album, The Real Me. She, (and her trio), make an organic whole that is really something live ... and something that all kinds of fans get into." LA Weekly, Brick Wahl
The Jennifer Leitham Trio
Jennifer Leitham bass, vocals
Andy Langham piano
Randy Drake drums
Executive Producer - Jo Ann Martin
Produced by Mark Lewis and Jennifer Leitham
Directed by Jennifer Leitham
Interviewer and Emcee - Claudia Russell, Program Director - KSDS Jazz 88.3 San Diego, California
Technical Director - Mark Lewis
Principal Still Photography - Maria Ventura, Ventura Imagry
Hair and Makeup - Donna Gast http://www.donnagast.com
Live Sound and Live Recording Engineer - Katie Blanchard
Assistant Live Recording Engineer - Zev Birnbaum
Mixed at Castle Oaks Studios, Calabassas, California
Mixing Engineer - Brina Kabler
Mastering by Umbrella Media, Chatsworth, California
Mastering Engineer -Andy Waterman, Assistant - Ethan Walter
All songs composed and arranged by Jennifer Leitham (BMI)
Published by Sinistral Music (BMI)
Yamaha Piano provided by All Strings Attached Pro Services
Piano Technician - Warren Huff
Jennifer uses Acoustic Image amplification, Raezer’s Edge speakers,
Wilson pickup systems, and Corelli strings
Randy Drake plays the Superdrum Snare Drum, Gretch Drums, and Zildian Cymbals
For Franklin Park
Event Host - Jo Ann Martin
Genial Presence - Saul Kent
Assistants for Jo Ann Martin - Clarita, Kathi, Pedro, Manuela, and Marcy
Jennifer would like to thank:
Jo Ann Martin, Saul Kent, Claudia Russell, Dave and Kathy Bedrosian, Mark Lewis, Judy Chaikin, Lisa Gass and L.A. Bass Works, Gary Chen and Stein Music, Jeff Hale and Raezer’s Edge, Rick Jones and Acoustic Image, Maria Ventura, Sherrie Maricle, Stanley Kay, Andrea Meyerson and All Out Films, Stand Out Productions, Don and Linda Moyer, Jane Brucker, Rachel Vega, Carol Adams, Ginger Berglund, Michelle Lee, Randy and Andy for their brilliance, and everyone who’s listened with open hearts and minds.