Lonnie Leibowitz 

Mastery as a jazz performer consists of the ability to fully communicate one's feeling and spirit through one's personal expression. Lonnie Leibowitz, as with any true artist, has spent years paying his dues to achieve a high level of mastery as a pianist and composer. His well-crafted and intensely emotional conception has shown forth as unique while altogether appealing. It is fortunate that over recent years his music has begun to reach the ears of a wider audience. 

Lonnie's childhood in Queens, NY included piano lessons and performances as a pianist, guitarist, bassist, and singer in rock and funk bands. He began composing for the voice and piano as early as age 12, and soon began to branch out toward jazz. Lonnie's music education in jazz piano, conception, and harmony continued with Connie Crothers and Sal Mosca, both protégés of the legendary Lennie Tristano. In addition to private study with these masters, Lonnie augmented his musical knowledge and compositional skills with conservatory training at the Aaron Copland School of music. 

Throughout the 1980's, Lonnie established himself as a music educator while continuing to perform in a variety of contexts. He performed as a sideman with jazz trumpet great Jimmy Nottingham and others touring the USA and Canada. Involved with many different music genres and scenes, he has performed at many New York City clubs. He has headlined at Birdland, The Five Spot, The Bitter End, Tatou, Sign of the Dove, JP's, Eric's, and Smalls. 

Other appearances as a bandleader include concerts at the Tusten Jazz/Blues Festival, in St. Paul's Festival of the Arts, and outdoors at The Bayard Cutting Arboretum on Long Island. Lonnie has also performed in concert at Queens College, Lehigh College, the College of New Rochelle, Dowling College, and also as part of a jazz series at Sussex Community College, as well as many music festivals in and around the tri-state area. 

Lonnie also studied voice with a few master voice teachers. While appearing around NYC in a once popular eclectic art rock band, in the early 80’s, he studied with Broadway/Opera Vocal Master legend Carmine Gagliardi at his studio in the Ansonia Building. From Mr. Gagliardi Lonnie learned solid classical vocal technique. Later on, a few years later he learned Bello Canto style singing from expert voice builder and pop singer coach extraordinaire Nick Carroll on Long Island. He utilized the training, embellishing with his own unique approach to develop many wonderful singers, jazz, pop, rock and soul styled, when later moving to Westchester. When finally returning to pop singing himself, as a serious original artist, he also utilized this training with his own techniques for himself. (See last paragraph...) 

In 1995, Lonnie's long awaited debut recording, "Three", was released internationally by Trimaster Records. The critically acclaimed CD, showcasing Lonnie's playing, compositional and vocal talents, featured eight original compositions. It also featured the artistry of trumpet great Claudio Roditi and bassists Eddie Gomez and Rufus Reid. Since then he has been featured as a guest on several radio shows throughout the country, including WKCR in New York. He has also been featured on artist profile shows seen on Westchester and Time Warner Hudson Valley Cable TV. “Three” had serious radio exposure across the US and had sales in the US, Japan and Brazil.

In 1997, Trimaster released Lonnie's second CD, "Piano Mountain". Autobiographical and spiritual in nature, the recording features Lonnie with a piano trio. This unique artistic package includes a mix of seven original compositions, standards, and spotlights his poetry, as an additional expression of his vision. The CD also features the playing and support of one of the industry's finest bassists, Drew Gress. It also received wonderful reviews.

Lonnie’s next CD release, titled “Terra’s Ascension”, was his first complete solo piano recording, and was recorded for New Artists records. It was released in the spring of 2005. Receiving critical acclaim from a few jazz publications, the CD was featured on jazz/progressive music internet radio in France and became known in Europe. Comprised mostly of free improvisations, and the main theme, a written composition with improvised variations as the opening and closing title track, this collection touches many musical boundaries, and has many diverse musical influences; some perhaps outside of what is usually considered to be “jazz”. 

A published BMI composer since 1995, Lonnie has been awarded grants from Meet the Composer in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2002. His song, "Broken in Two", has been used on network and cable TV, appearing on NBC's "Another World", "The Drew Carey Show", “Dark Angel” and many others. The song also appeared in the Sony Tri-Star motion picture, "Crazy in Alabama", released in October 1999. 

Lonnie has also been awarded performance/composition grants from Queens, Westchester, Putnam, and Duchess counties and has performed many concerts all over the Tri State area. 

Equaling all the passion he has for his original jazz music, Lonnie released a new CD in 2009, giving attention and expression to his “singer/songwriter side”. This project, long developing in his unconscious, showcases his talents as songwriter, arranger, pianist, singer and producer.
His song “Love Is Everything” reached #4 on the Independent Music Network’s Mainstream chart. It also charted on the national AC chart and was the single most added to national radio song for one week in June in 2011…remarkable…considering the very modest radio promo budget paid out of his own pocket. 

In 2018, Lonnie was signed to a 3 year international distribution deal for his original songs/recordings with Musik and Film Records. With M&F providing international radio support, and formidable digital distribution through their own means and also via the Orchard, Sony’s international distribution network, the international re-release of a sonically updated version of "Love Is Everything," garnered radio play on five different continents worldwide. It peaked at #1 on the Euro Indie chart early that spring. M&F says continues to receive airplay at over 60 stations across the globe.
This year, 2021, sees the release of Lonnie's next original song production entitled "Of the Oneness". Continuing in the same vein lyrically and conceptually (but with a change of musical style) "Oneness," like "Love Is Everything," expresses a loving concern for all of humanity, striving to express a way to raise vibrations and assist the planet's process of spiritual evolution.
The song is slated for radio promotion in the UK, and college radio in the US.
2021 will also see the creation of a new musical project/recording, perhaps culminating with a new CD/LP release later in the year. This new project will combine Lonnie's jazz expression and artistry with his spiritual message lyrics and poetry.

As Lonnie continues to write and record new material, he is very hopeful that his music will continue to reach the ears and hearts of a wider audience...