Leonisa Ardizzone is a juggler. Not a juggler of colorful balls or bowling pins, but of her interests, ideals and avocations. One by one, throughout her life she has added to her juggler's props--teaching, dancing, singing, writing, working for peace and justice, parenting... On occasion Leonisa's passions for music and live performance have been overshadowed by her roles as an educator and mother, but never for long. Music and entertaining is the thing that feeds her soul. And as a skilled juggler, she knows when to put a thing down to add another. Enter Leonisa Ardizzone Quintet.
By day Leonisa runs a successful not-for-profit that enriches the lives of New York City children. Her evenings are shared with her ever-engaging daughter Rafaella. But in-between and whenever she can, she makes music with her quintet. The Leonisa Ardizzone Quintet features Leonisa on vocals, Chris Jennings on guitar, Jess Jurkovic on piano, Justin Hines on drums and Bob Sabin or Bob Bowen on bass. Critics praise the group, saying [the group] is flexible and can turn on a dime…everyone is obviously having a good time with the music (George Harris, All About Jazz), and sounds at home with each other so it's easy to feel at home with them (Rob Lester).