Le Jazu is an eclectic string quintet of seasoned Bay Area musicians based in Oakland CA. Current members come from various musical genres with backgrounds in jazz, manouche, blues and soul.
Le Jazu's music is influenced by the music and compositions of jazz greats from the 1920s -30s such as Fats Waller, Cole Porter and Duke Ellington as well as Luis Bonfa and Consuelo Velazquez. The music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli is generously represented. We also cover Dan Hicks and the Squirrel Nut Zippers among others.
Kathleen Leake Vocals and Percussion
Nadav Skloot Violin
Mark Gill Guitar
Corwin Booth Guitar
Rick McFarland Upright Bass