MP3 Jan Leder - Passage To Freedom
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Born-and-raised New Yorker, Jan Leder decided to pursue her love for improvisation after twelve years of studying classical music. She studied for three years with the late pianist Lennie Tristano and then continued her jazz studies with pianist Connie Crothers For over ten years. A self styled course of study in jazz history at SUNY Purchase led to her compilation of the first comprehensive history of women in jazz entitled Women in Jazz:A Discography of Instrumentalists 1913-1968 (Greenwood Press 1985). Ms. Leder has enjoyed teaching jazz improvisation, although teaching has not figured prominently in her career.In 1999 Jan recorded Nonchalant (A-Records 2000), a collection of mostly original melodies. The title tune was aired on CBSâ Guiding Light in December 1999. In February 1997 Monad Records released her first CD, Passage To Freedom, which was recorded live at the Five Spot in New York City in the early 1990s.Ms. Leder is a dynamic performer who leads her own jazz ensembles in the New York City area, appearing at nightclubs, festivals, cultural functions and other public and private engagements. Her repertoire includes standard bebop, swing, blues and bossa novas as well as her own unique jazz compositions and those of her musical colleagues, including drummer, big band leader Art Lillard, with whom Jan has collaborated on numerous compositions, mostly writing lyrics to his catchy songs. Since 1987 Jan has been a member of Mr. Lillardâs 15-piece jazz band, Art Lillardâs Heavenly Band, which includes a flute section. Two of their songs, Incognito and Conclusion Jump, appear on Artâs CD Reasons To Be Thankful (Summit Records 2006), which was also met with excellent reviews.Jan is a member of an exciting group of jazz flutists called the NY Jazz Flutet. Fellow flutists Dotti Anita Taylor, Elise Wood, Michele Smith and Chip Shelton are joined by drummer Art Lillard in this unique ensemble featuring a wide array of standards as well as original songs and arrangements by all the members, played on a variety of flutes. This group was featured at the 2006 National Flute Associationâs annual conference in Pittsburgh, PA.In July 2003 Janâs group with special guest vocalist Cleve Douglas, performed at the Greater Hartford Jazz Festival as the opening act for jazz greats Sonny fortune and Chuck Loeb. In 2001 she was a featured performer at the Coleman Hawkins Neighborhood Festival in Topeka, KS.Jan has performed extensively at jazz festivals, night clubs and fundraisers. Some of her most recent dates In 2006/2007 include: The Iridium, Heinz Hall, Riverfest, and performing for the Westchester Arts Council. Jan was also featured live on WBAI 99.5 along with other jazz greats such as Ann Hampton Calloway in April of 2007. The appearance was in conjunction with International Women in Jazz, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting professional women of all ages and all backgrounds in the jazz music industry. Future dates include the Jazz & Film Series in Yonkers, NY and performing at the Summer Concert Series in Dobbs Ferry NY hosted by Jazz Forum Arts.
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