Carolyn Leonhart is a jazz singer with one foot firmly planted in the rock/pop universe. She is the daughter of bassist Jay Leonhart so her jazz sensibilities flow from her upbringing. She gained wide exposure during the '90s as a backup vocalist for the Steely Dan. Her jazz style is tinged with the edginess of a soul or R&B singer. Her first U.S. album ” Steal the Moon" was released in 2000.
Bill Wurtzel has played guitar worldwide with the Count Basie Countsmen, Dukesmen, Bill Doggett, Jimmy McGriff, Harlem Blues & Jazz Band, Gloria Lynn, Terri Thornton and many other jazz legends. Private engagement clients include Paul Simon. Bill is a director of the Jazz Foundation of America. Bill and Jay Leonhart perform Wednesdays at the American Folk Art Museum, 2-3 pm, 65th St. & Columbus Ave., NYC.
Jay Leonhart was named the Outstanding Bassist In the Recording Industry 3 times and is always mentioned when the discussion turns to the outstanding. 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, James Taylor, Papa Joe Jones, Roy Eldridge, Jim Hall, Louie Bellson, Dick Hyman, Luciano Pavoratti, and many more. Jay also writes and sings his own very individualistic songs about his life as a bass player and performs his music worldwide.