School of Music Visiting Artist
Considered by many to be one of the finest bassists in the world, Jennifer Leitham has been a career jazz musician for over 45 years. Known for playing with many music world masters, including Mel Tormé, Peggy Lee, George Shearing, Doc Severinsen, Woody Herman, Benny Carter, Louis Bellson, Take 6 and k.d. lang, along with countless other greats in many genres.
She is a bassist, vocalist, composer, arranger, lyricist and producer. Her bass lines have graced numerous movies and TV shows. Currently, Jennifer leads her trio and plays in clubs and concerts around the world. Jennifer is also a member of the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra and the acclaimed Left Coast Uke.
Jennifer has played on over 130 albums, including 10 albums of her own. Her latest release, MOOD(S)WINGS, was the #1 Crossover Jazz top seller on CD Baby for over 8 weeks and was voted one of the top three Jazz CDs of 2015 by the readers of JazzEd Magazine. She was featured as one of the top 20 pioneers in Vanity Fair’s “Trans America” '15 Edition. In 2016, L.A. Weekly named her as one of the “50 Most Interesting Angelenos.”