Born: March 4, 1980 Primary Instrument: Cello
Described as crafting lines of sublime lyric content (Chicago Tribune), and sizzling, highly stylized solos (Philadelphia Inquirer), Dana Leong started his impressive career with the rare skill of commanding both the cello and trombone. He has held roles as both a performer and composer with top artists including: the 2006 Grammy-nominated jazz chamber trio led by Paquito D'Rivera (where he fills a chair frequented by Yo-Yo Ma); the 2007 Grammy-nominated Dafnis Prieto Absolute Quintet; and has worked with Ray Charles, Diddy, Kanye West, Wynton Marsalis, Yoko Ono, and more. Following his successful debut release Leaving New York (featuring Grammy Award winners Christian McBride and Paquito D'Rivera), Dana recently completed his latest recording Anthems of Life....
- All About Jazz
Dana Leong is here to rescue you from your jaded cynicism about the US3s and Groove Collectives of the world. Jazz can still be funky and danceable, and hip-hop can most certainly still be artistic and built arounddare we say itsong structure...If the federal government's stamp approval doesn't cut it for you, take ours: Dana Leong is one to watch.
Cellos and trombones aren't exactly instruments that are typically associated with hip-hop, but Dana Leong isn’t one to stay inside the box. Top 5 albums of 2007!
Dana Leong crafts [cello and trombone] lines of sublime lyric content
- Chicago Tribune
Sizzling, highly stylized solos
- Philadelphia Inquirer
Anthems of Life
Leaving New York
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New York, NY
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.