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The Leonard Washingtons

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With a constantly evolving pop eclecticism, The Leonard Washingtons present an ensemble sound brimming with virtuosity and rhythmic mastery while avoiding the pretension of their oft apparent jazz roots. Few groups straddle the bounds of dinner music, angsty breakup songs, and progressive funk quite as eloquently as The Leonards do, but it’s in that mix of the bizarre and seemingly unrelated that the band find inspiration: whether it’s the transformation of a jazz standard into a drum and bass raga or a 20 minute arrangement of The Beatles, Warren G, and a dubbed out Pink Floyd, nothing is off limits or unrelatable.

Leading the Leonards on their quest towards musical enlightenment is lead vocalist, pianist, and head songwriter Will Foraker. Will is no stranger to entertaining strangers: he’s spent the past 3 years as a featured solo performer on Celebrity Cruise Lines, spending his winters traveling the globe and spreading the Leonard’s sounds from Marseilles, France to Miyazaki, Japan. Leading the harmony department from the low end is bassist and grade school music educator Eric Schatz. Schatz’s almost encyclopedic knowledge of harmonic theory gives the Leonards the dense but intuitive chord shapings that bring new life to the well worn territories in which the Leonards tread. Establishing shape, dynamics, and the pocket is drummer and mechanical engineer Al Doti. Al’s focus on groove and texture steers away from the overcomplicated and fill oriented approach of many of his contemporaries while maintaining a high level of energy and fuel for the Leonard’s collective fire on stage. Rounding out the rhythm section is the Leonard’s newest addition on Guitar, Tim Doyle.

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  • scottotto

    Great music guys. You've brought traditionally "old" genres into a hip place in the hearts of many.

    29 May 2011 Reply