"The world that Jennifer 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 worlds 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 Dizzys 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. Jennifers 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 Jennifers original compositions and vocal debut. Leithams 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. Leithams 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