Jay Leonhart Quartet

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December 1, 2018 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant
6 Depot Square
Montclair, NJ 07042
$20 pp music charge $12 pp minimum (food/drink)
Jay Leonhart Quartet @ Trumpets Jazz Club and Restaurant | Montclair | New Jersey | United States

2 sets:  8:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.
$20 pp music charge   $12 pp minimum (food/drink)

Jay Leonhart-bass & vocals
Avi Rothbard-guitar
Chris Beck:drums
Carolyn leonhart: Vocals
Jay Leonhart has been recognized as a very accomplished bass player for a long time now. He has been named the Outstanding Bassist In the Recording Industry three times and is always mentioned when the discussion turns to the outstanding . At age thirteen, while playing banjo with his brother in a dixieland band in Baltimore, Jay watched and listened to the bass player and knew that the bass was the instrument he would play forever.
Since that time Jay has been privileged to play with the likes of Judy Garland, Duke Ellington, Thad Jones, Buddy Rich, Jim Hall, Peggy Lee, Mel Torme, Marian McPartland, Kenny Barron, Sting,m James Taylor, Papa Joe Jones, Roy Eldridge, Jim Hall, Louie Bellson, Dick Hyman, Luciano Pavoratti, and many more.
Over the years, Jay Leonhart has been writing and singing his own very individualistic songs about his life as a bass player. He now performs his music worldwide to very receptive audiences.

Avi Rothbard is an Israeli born jazz guitarist from New York. Originally from Kibbutz Gan Shmuel, Rothbard’s first professional gig was at the age of seventeen. After drafting from the IDF, Rothbard moved to Jerusalem to attend the Rubin Academy of music near the Hebrew University. He started to perform and record regularly in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem as a guitarist, as well as an electric bassist with artists such as Boris Gamer, Avishai Cohen, Amikam Kimelman, Jean Claude Jones, Jess Koren, Arnie Lawrence, Mamelo, Emil Ram, Shay Zelman, and Avi Adrian.

After spending a year in NYC between 1991 to 1992, Rothbard returned to Israel to accept several teaching positions. In 1995, Avi Rothbard relocated to Boston Mass after earning a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. Berklee was a great place to challenge his musical skills; until his graduation in 1999, his performing experience included working with various outstanding musicians such as Jeremy Pelt, Andy McGhee, Bob Moses, and Phil Wilson. During his years at Berklee, Mr. Rothbard won The Jimmy Hendrix Award, Boston Jazz Society Award, Guitar Dpt. Achievement Award and The William Leavitt Award. Mr. Rothbard taught at the Annual Berklee Guitar Sessions between the years 2000 and 2009 and he is a dedicated teacher/educator who is responsible for the success of many aspiring guitarists around the world.  Since 1999, after moving for the second time to NYC, Avi Rothbard has played in clubs such as Saint Nicks, Dizzy’s Coca Cola club, Rose Hall, Lenox Lounge, Blue Note, Bitter End, CBGB, Showman’s, Fat Cat, Smalls, Sweet Rhythm, Minton’s Playhouse and Smoke. Mr. Rothbard has worked with jazz greats such as Ben Riley, Richie Cole, Jeremy Pelt, Richie Vitaley, Ali Jackson, Ted Rosenthal, Carolyn Leonhart, Wayne Escoffery, Jay Leonhart, Warren Vach’e, Mike Clark, Ari Roland, Ray Drummond, Herb Pomroy, Chihiro Yamanaka and Uri Caine. Notable jazz festivals include JVC Jazz Festival, Red Sea Jazz Festival (Israel), Harlem Festival, Jazz at Aspen Snow-mass, Juan Le Penn, Cape May Jazz Festival, Hartford Jazz Festival and many more. As a side man, Mr. Rothbard is a very sought after guitarist, and has been featured on numerous CDs by others. His guitar style displays an outstanding technique and a broad knowledge of jazz, funk, world music, Latin and R&B repertoire.

Jay Leonhart-bass & vocals
Avi Rothbard-guitar
“Leonhart is the Fred Astaire of jazz a craftsman so seamlessly smooth that 
casual observers often fail to grasp the immensity of his talent.”

      – Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes
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