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I just wanted to share some fantastic news with all of you.
Last night Leonieke was awarded “best up and coming young artist” at the 2015 HotHouse Awards hosted by the wonderful vocalist, Antoinette Montague and held at the Metropolitan Room in Manhattan.
It was an incredible event with so many terrific musicians in attendance. Speakers included Jazz historian, Dan Morgenstern, J@LC’s Todd Barken, Will Friedwald and others.
There were also live performances by Russell Malone, Scot Robinson, Edmar Castañeda (incredible musician), Allan Harris, Andrea Brachfeld, Danny Mixon and Leonieke! She performed with Antoinette Montague, bassist Nicki Parrott and drummer, Jarrett Walser.
Jack Kleinsinger, of the “Highlights in Jazz” concert series and this year’s honoree, as well as Bernie Furshpan, owner of The Metropolitan Room promised her gigs!
This was such an important event in her life as she gets ready for the release of Shelli LaTorre’s “Full Circle” (in which she played Hammond B-3 on) and another upcoming recording session with Rudy Van Gelder. I plan to have photos posted on her website soon if you’re interested in seeing some of those. I also imagine that HotHouse will print or post something as well.
Well, thanks for reading these words of a proud father. I love this art form, Jazz and it’s a thrill for me to see her so well received! (Original draft September 17, 2015)