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Alex Leonard has performed in venues from Manhattan to Japan and Europe. He is a two time MAC award nominee and has been featured in clubs such as the Friars Club, Cafe Pierre, Danny's Skylight Room and concert venues such as Jazz Interactions Village Gate Concerts, St. Peters Midday Concert Series and the Snug Harbor Jazz Festival.

He has arranged and conducted for groups appearing in Radio City Music Hall, Off Broadway, Atlantic City and the Manhattan cabaret circuit. Alex's CD recordings have received national airplay and wonderful reviews from major publications such as Show Business, Jazz Now, Cabaret Scenes, Cadence and All About Jazz.

While attending The City College of New York, Alex studied under jazz greats John Lewis and Ron Carter. During this time he also studied piano with Barry Harris at The Jazz Cultural Center in New York and privately with Jim McNeely. Other Manhattan studies include classical piano technique with Boris Gerazimov and vocal technique with Carlo Menotti and James Carson.

After graduating cum-laude from City College he received a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from The College of Staten Island. His master's essay was entitled Bebop: A Musical and Social Exploration. This paper explored technical aspects of the music as well as the cultural challenge to mainstream hegemony. He received a MALS faculty award for Outstanding Scholarly Achievement.

As well as teaching privately in homes and at his Staten Island studio, Alex has been on the Faculty of Arcadia University in Glenside, PA and the Staten Island Conservatory of Music. He has conducted many performance lecture/demonstrations in colleges and throughout the NYC public school system, private schools, libraries and other centers in and around the tri-state area. Alex has been interviewed on national media and a featured guest on Bloomberg Radio's The Business of Show Business.

 
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Staten Island, New York
 
 
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