Watch the Youtube performance with Carol Leonhart!
Carolyn Leonhart was born in New York City, and is the daughter of bassist Jay Leonhart. She was exposed to music from a very early age, attending her father's gigs where he accompanied famous singers such as Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme and Peggy Lee. To continue her education she attended University of Rochester and won Best College Jazz Vocalist by Downbeat Magazine. Leonhart returned to New York and in 1994 began singing in jazz clubs steadily garnering attention and culminating in a position as lead back-up vocalist with the legendary Steely Dan. A stint capped by three world tours and two albums.
Miles featured with The Captain Black Big on Lift Every Voice
Watch the Youtube performance with Miles Griffith - Vocal improv starts at 6:50!
Miles Griffith's non-traditional use of the voice as a percussive instrument, combined with an uncanny harmonic sense has made him a prime choice for many musicians. He's been a member of T.S. Monk Septet, James Williams' ICU and Jack Walrath's Masters of Suspense. In 1994, he played the lead role of "Jesse" in Wynton Marsalis', celebrated Blood On The Fields, Marsalis' Pulitzer Award and Grammy winning work. Will Friedwald of the WSJ states, "Miles Griffith shows off the scat technique that made him Wynton Marsalis' choice for the leading role in Blood On The Fields." Griffith a Brooklyn native, has also been a jazz vocal educator for 18 years, having a Masters of Jazz Vocal Performance Degree from Queens College, Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Long Island University. In 2005, Griffith received the new Vocal Jazz Instructor position at Columbia University Jazz Department in New York City.