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Release: March 9, 2001
Bass player John Leitham will be at UI March 26-27
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- John Leitham, a left-handed bass
player who played for Mel Torme and with the band of famed "Tonight Show"
trumpeter Doc Severinsen, will present a concert and a master class at the
University of Iowa March 26-27.
The concert, with guitarist Steve Grismore from the
UI School of Music jazz faculty, will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 26 in
Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building. The master class will be the next
day, Tuesday, March 27, in Room 1020 of the Voxman Music Building. Both events
will be free and open to the public.
Diana Gannett, who teaches bass at the UI and who
invited Leitham to visit the UI, said: "This is John's first visit to
the campus and Im eager to meet him and hear him play in person. His
frequent appearances with symphony orchestras have left a trail of rave reviews
among my friends in the orchestras. His left-handed technique is also something
that is rarely seen."
Leithams performances with a remarkable number
of jazz and pop artists have earned wide critical acclaim. Bill Kohlhaase
wrote in the Los Angeles Times, "As an improviser, Leitham has few peers,"
and Lillian Arganian wrote in "No Name Jazz," "Mark him as
one of the finest jazz musicians in the world today."
Leithams 10 years with Mel Torme brought him
to the forefront of the jazz world. In those years he recorded 10 CDs, played
eight performances in Carnegie Hall and seven performances at the Hollywood
Bowl, made numerous television appearances, and performed with almost every
major symphony in North America.
Leitham has also performed with many other artists,
including Gerry Mulligan, Sweets Edison, Joe Pass, Cleo Laine, Louis Bellson,
Bill Watrous, George Van Eps, Peggy Lee, k.d. lang and many others. He has
also been a member of the Tonight Show All-Stars, the Woody Herman Thundering
Herd, the Benny Carter Quintet and other ensembles.
His CDs "Leitham Up," "The Southpaw,"
"Lefty Leaps In" and "Live!" have received world-wide
airplay and rave reviews in Jazz Now, the Penguin Guide to Jazz, All Music
Guide to Jazz, Jazz Journal and Jazz Times.
Leitham plays Paesold String Bass exclusively. His
appearance at the UI is supported in part by Boosey and Hawkes, Inc. Information
on Leitham and a complete discography are available on the world wide web,
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