Born: December 12, 1968
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)....
Leonisa Ardizzone has a sweetly swinging vocal style and is ably backed by a fine Quintet...She is a seasoned performer who has all the equipment and uses it well. - John Gilbert, Ejazznews
Ardizzone is one of those pure artists that kicks it out for the pure joy of doing so. A vocalist with deep chops, she takes equal delight in bringing something new to chestnuts or just doing something new from a cohort. With a sympathetic crew backing her up, this is a wonderful date for anyone on the prowl for a new jazz vocalist that brings nothing but the right stuff to the table. - Chris Spector , Midwest Record
The Scent of Bitter Almonds… is an intriguing listening experience. [Ardizzone] is not simply a vocalist working with a trio, but, as is the case with the widely popular Tierney Sutton Band, Ardizzone seamlessly integrates her vocalizing into the overall musical mix. Ardizzone is a vocalist who thrives on digging into challenging material, and she graduates with honors. Leonisa Ardizzone is a singer with an adventurous spirit, and the intelligence and chops to execute her imaginative vision. - Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz
Leonisa Ardizzone, depending on the song, tends to sound like a cross between Sade Adu and Carole King, with a touch of Michael Franks. While she is being promoted as a jazz artist, she could easily be a pop or folk artist if she wanted to, as her vocals are quite versatile. Her voice is very lively, able to create an instant mood ... she is subtle yet effective. - John Book, Book's List
After a listen to this exciting new jazz vocalist's debut, my first thoughts were where did Leonisa Ardizzone come from and where has she been? --Michael Gladstone, All About Jazz
Ardizzone has a lovely textured voice and most importantly she sings in tune with super phrasing. --John Gilbert, ejazznews
Afraid of the Heights, is filled with errorless instrument play and a female vocalist that will hook you in and put you in a feel good dance mood. --Sari Kent, Celebrity Cafe
An attractive CD, her first, by a singer who has clearly had a lot of experience. --Bruce Crowther
You know it when you see it --good craftsmanship. You can see it in a piece of furniture. In an automobile, or in a painting that hangs on the wall. And you can hear it, too. A group of musicians who have been playing together for any length of time just fit together, better than most. And so it is with this disc. --Doug Boynton
Afraid of the Heights is a very well done recording by a singer that shows incredible promise. I expect we shall hear plenty from her in the very near future --George Harris, All About Jazz
Leonisa Ardizzone proves to be a multi-faceted vocalist on her debut CD. --Ken Dryden, All Music Guide
--L'esordio della cantante Leonisa Ardizzone e un simpatico disco autoprodotto che si fa ascoltare con molto piacere. --Vittorio Lo Conte, All About Jazz Italia
'this is a short but very sweet new notice of an arrival on the jazz vocal scene! --Michael Gladstone, All About Jazz
I found myself hoping that I would find an opportunity to see her and her group at a gig in the not too distant future, for she is a vocalist who swings, articulates and phrases wonderfully from the first notes of Anthropology to the closing notes of You Go To My Head. --Jersey Jazz
Jazz singer Leonisa Ardizzone takes us back to the happy days of Swing and fun, along with plenty of variety. Her vocalese, scat singing, and original lyrics fit comfortably in the pocket. --Jim Santella, Cadence
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