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Press Release by: Jerusha Patton
San Diego based jazz vocalist, Leonard Patton is making quite a name for himself on the Southern California scene as a musician with talent rarely seen in vocalists of this genre. Leonard will be singing and improvising his way into the hearts of jazz aficionados everywhere with the release of his debut CD entitled Love, Life, & Song on June 17.
This montage of melodies includes such tunes as Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song”, Charles Mingus’ “Weird Nightmare”, and a host of originals written by Leonard himself. Accompanied by well-known jazz artists guitarist Peter Sprague, pianist Josh Nelson, drummer Duncan Moore, and bass player Darek Oles, this group brings the right amount of passion and fire needed to make this debut CD release a must listen.
There will be a CD release party being held at Dizzys in downtown San Diego on June 13, and Leonard’s album promises to fill the most zealous of jazz enthusiasts hearts with “Love, Life, and Song.”
About Leonard Patton
Some people are born to sing. Leonard Patton was just born singing. From his elementary school days when he requested hall passes in order to test the acoustics of the school's hallways, to his college days of choir and ensembles, Leonard Patton was born singing and he has yet to stop.
While attending Mesa Community College, Leonard discovered his musical niche for jazz. Leonard's rich, smoky voice, unique style and sensational scattin' soon gained him entrance into San Diego's jazz scene. Since then this versatile vocalist has been performing and recording with such notable artists as Peter Sprague, Holly Hofman, Bob Magnusson, Mike Wofford, Bill Cunliffe, Derek Nievergelt (Terence Blanchard), Duncan Moore, Mitch Manker, Mike Bedard (Jordin Sparks), Ken Dow, Jetro Da Silva (Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder) and countless others. He also studied at the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he further developed his musical abilities and fed his passion for jazz.
From Marley to Metheny, from Sting to Stevie - Leonard's influences have been vast and varied; thus encouraging a unique style all his own. With an extensive collection of jazz standards and samba tunes at his command, Leonard has been singin', stylin' and scattin' his way into the hearts of jazz and music lovers everywhere - born singin' and yet to stop.
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