Leopoldo F. Fleming

Primary Instrument: Percussion

Born: September 16, 1939    

Leopoldo F. Fleming

Newest CD: Leopoldo F. Fleming & Christian Gonsior: TRATO COMÚN - Fleming, Gonsior, Dinah Vero, Joel Diamond, Alex Hernández, Emilio Valdés, José Mangual Jr. - Originals of Jazz, Caribbean/Cuban, African styles and inspiration by Fleming & Gonsior respectively, plus one Puerto Rican standard.

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Leopoldo Fleming Afro Caribbean Jazz Ensemble.
Percussionist, composer, arranger, lyricist, band leader Leopoldo F. Fleming is a great personality with a rich and multicolored palette, inspiration from his Latin-Afro-Indian roots, his childhood in Puerto Rico and St. Thomas, decades as highly active in the jazz and beyond music scene of New York, and his international experience collaborating and touring all over Europe, Africa, South America, the Caribbean, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, with US, Caribbean, and African stars. ...
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In the September 2007 issue of the AllAboutJazz-New York gazette, the newly released Afro Indian Blues with Jim Pepper, Amina Claudine Myers, Anthony Cox, and Leopoldo Fleming is categorized an Unearthed Gem. Donald Elfman praises Leopoldo for showing true versatility and appealing accessibility.

In an review of the same album, Bill Siegel writes: ...On percussion, Leopoldo Fleming takes a flight with a solo that's absolute, total music - he plays the melody on his drums, not just a riff on the rhythm. You can almost hear the distant echo of Myers' singing below the drums. Don't be fooled towards the end of Fleming's solo. That's not him stepping aside to let Cox slip in a few bars on his bass. Those deep notes are Fleming's fingertips rubbing the skins of his congas.

In his liner notes to the Lonnie Liston Smith album of Expansions, Nat Hentoff writes: ...I was in a NY nightclub, and what intrigued me was a musician I had never heard before. He was playing various percussion instruments and extracting extraordinarily fresh, unexpected hues from his instruments with a grace and flawless timing that really made him the star of the show. He was Leopoldo Fleming, and he is heard here on bongos, as well as on the triangle that starts off Expansions..., and Hentoff continues: ...Leopoldo, Lonnie said, has been to Africa and to other countries as a student of the roots of the music. The first time I heard him, I knew I wanted him to play with us...

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Sing the Truth, Athens July 2009:

Sing the Truth, Copenhagen July 2009:

The Shadow Box Theatre: The African Drum:

Nina Simone, I Put A Spell On You, Montreal 1992:

Nina Simone, Mississippi Goddamn, Montreal (year?):

Pauline Jean, Four Women, 2009:

New York Harlem Singers, Dec 2008, Calling the Ancestors:
Lou Caputo Big Band, The Garage 2008:

Jarek Smietana, Gary Bartz, Cameron Brown, Adam Czerwinski, Jeremy Pelt, Leopoldo F. Fleming, Jan Pilch: African Lake.

Nina Simone, "Run Nina"= "Liberian Calypso", Montreux 1990:

My Way - Nina Simone, Don Pullen, Leopoldo F. Fleming. Red Cross show on French Television.

Nina Simone - My Way from Nina Simone on Vimeo.

Sound track, Leopoldo's famous start off triangle + other percussion on the title track of the Lonnie Liston Smith album of Expansions.

Lonnie Liston Smith - album and title song Expansions - Leopoldo's famous start off triangle + other percussion.

Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes - Peace & Love (music & lyrics: Leopoldo F. Fleming)
Lonnie Liston Smith, Donald Smith, Joe Shepley, Jon Faddis, George Opalisky, David Hubbard, Arthur Kaplan, Al Anderson, Leopoldo F. Fleming, vocal, guitar, congas, percussion; Guilherme Franco, Maretha Stewart, Patti Austin, Vivian Cherry.

Sivuca, Swedish TV 1969 (featuring Putte Wickmann, Monica Zetterlund. Acc: Jimmy/James Phillips, Luizito Ferreira, & Leopoldo F. Fleming):

Miriam Makeba, Amanpondo, Stockholm 1966, Sivuca, Bill (William B.) Salter, Leopoldo F. Fleming:

Miriam Makeba Pata-Pata w. Leopoldo F. Fleming, percussion, French TV 1967.

Miriam Makeba - Pata Pata (HD 1967) by STARDUST72 (p>
Miriam Makeba, Pata Pata, Sivuca, guitar; Leopoldo F. Fleming, percussion:

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