Le Jazu is an eclectic string quintet of seasoned Bay Area musicians based in Oakland CA. While the instrumentation mimics that of the classic Reinhardt/Grappelli groups, their focus on vocal jazz and their collective background in jazz, manouche, blues and soul delivers a unique sound and feel to the band.
Le Jazu's favorite music comes from the jazz greats of the 20th century. They perform music written or originally performed by the best: eg. Fats Waller, Cole Porter, Bessie Smith, and even a little Duke Ellington, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. In addition to the Great American Songbook, their taste run wide: They love the music of Django, New Orleans, Latin jazz artists such as Luis Bonfa and Consuelo Velazquez, and even interpret numbers by "outsiders", such as Dan Hicks, the Squirrel Nut Zippers and Bob Dylan, among others.
Le Jazu are:
Kathleen Leake Vocals and Percussion
Nadav Skloot Violin
Mark Gill Guitar, Saxophone
Corwin Booth Guitar, Percussion
Rick McFarland Upright Bass
"Le Jazu have performed many times at our winery. Our patrons love the playlist, the panache, and the vibe of this not-well-enough-known ensemble. A class act with a fine balance of instrumentals and vocals, Le Jazu brings the swing and the joy. They are also a pleasure to work with. Book this Band!"
Dennis Hayes, Umbriaso Wines @ Treasure Island Wines.
"Le Jazu is one of those bands that hits it off with the audience and really connects. Joyful, fun and engaging."
Chris Hall, Kensington Farmer's Market founder and manager.
"Le Jazu provided the perfect backdrop for our garden party fundraiser! Musical, fun and extremely easy to work with. We're booking them again for next year."
Brenda Lee, Kensington Education Foundation fundraising chairwoman.
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