The Leonisa Ardizzone Quartet | Afraid of the Heights

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Afraid of the Heights

by The Leonisa Ardizzone Quartet

Deft jazz vocals and bouncy bebop
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Anthropology
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2. Afraid of the Heights
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3. Autumn Leaves
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4. Triste
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5. I'm Not the Same
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6. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
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7. I Got Lucky
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8. Alone Together
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9. Nature Boy
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10. You Go to My Head
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Album Notes
Ask Leonisa about her earliest musical memory and she’ll say “Puccini, in utero.” Raised by two opera lovers in a house filled with music, she learned at a young age the art of interpreting songs. She studied piano, violin, oboe, clarinet, flute, saxophone, and voice. Originally a soprano – studying opera and classical music – her voice dropped in her twenties (ask her about that!) and she discovered her love for singing Jazz.

Leonisa’s diverse interests and broad education shine through in her singing, live performance and writing. A one-time biologist, then science teacher, Leonisa earned a Ph.D. in International Educational Development and became a university professor. All the while, she studied jazz with various teachers in NYC and performed regularly with her band. Still firmly committed to improving education, Leonisa currently is the Executive Director of the Salvadori Center – a non-profit that uses the built environment to teach teachers and children about architecture, engineering and urban planning.

Leonisa met guitarist Chris Jennings in 1994 and a jazz duo was born, which developed into a series of combos over the years. The Leonisa Ardizzone Quartet which features Jennings on guitar, Bob Sabin on bass and Justin Hines on drums, has been playing together for eight years – and it shows. They support and feed one another, creating a tight, energetic jazz experience. The Leonisa Ardizzone Quartet interprets jazz standards and originals in a way that will in turn have you weeping for a lost love and smiling with joy. The mood of the CD fluctuates between silly and sad, intense and light-hearted, bold and sublime.


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Excellent performance....bravo!!

Bill Porter

Wonderful compilation of the groups best songs.
Having had the priveledge of seeing Leonisa, Chris and the group on numerous occasions live over the years I am thrilled to see this disc finally happen. The group has a wonderful spirit and it shines through on this album. Their quirky fun is evident in songs like "Anthropology" and the title track "Afraid of the Heights", but the mellow soulful sounds of songs like "I'm Not the Same" and "You go to my head" allow you to relax and just enjoy the sounds. My only regret are the lack of an appearance by Darth and our friend from Ipanema.


This is a great CD
I love the songs on the CD, especially the Autumn Leaves "stream of consciousness" ending.


With humor and pathos, Leonisa and her trio weave a magical web of songs ranging from the articulate staccato pulse of Anthropology to the humorous, title song, Afraid of the Heights- to the sorrowful yearnings of I'm Not the Same.

Vocalist Leonisa Ardizzone, Chris Jennings on guitar, Bob Sabin on bass and Justin Hines on drums truly swing to the heights-of improvisation.


Anthropology is for seekers of truth
From the first perfect pitch on "Anthropology" Ms. Arrizone carried me through a refreshing tour-de-bop using her voice in a mature and challenging way.