Le Jazu is an eclectic string quintet composed of seasoned Bay Area musicians based in Oakland CA.  While the instrumentation mimics the of the classic Reinhardt/Grappelli groups , our focus on vocal jazz and our 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.  We 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, our tastes run wide;  we love the music of Django, 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. 


Kathleen Leake             Vocals and Percussion

Nadav Skloot                 Violin

Mark Gill                          Guitar

Corwin Booth                Guitar

Rick McFarland             Upright Bass    

LeJazu 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, LeJazu brings the swing and the joy. They are also a pleasure to work with. Book this Band! ” - Dennis Hayes. Umbriaso Wines @ Treasure Island Wines.

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