Jay Leonhart has had a dual career. He is an excellent bassist with an endless number of credits, and he is also a witty vocalist and lyricist who has been inspired by Dave Frishberg and Tom Lehrer. Born in late 1940 in Baltimore, Leonhart was part of a very musical family. By the time he was 7, he was already playing banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass. A few years later he and his older brother Bill appeared on Baltimore television, singing and playing banjo while using a repertoire that included both jazz and country music. When he was 14, Leonhart played bass with the Pier Five Dixieland Jazz Band. He studied music at Berklee during 1960-61 and with Oscar Peterson and Ray Brown at the Advanced School of Contemporary Music in Toronto during 1961-62.
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