Leopoldo F. Fleming

Born: September 16, 1939    Primary Instrument: Percussion

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.

NB: Find a diversity of videos 1965 till now, click on 'Videos' below bio!

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...
A small selection of numerous recordings:

Leopoldo F. Fleming & Chris Gonsior: TRATO COMÚN (NJ 2012, Alessa Records ALR 1023)

Lou Caputo & Chris White: Interface (NY/NJ 2012, JazzCat 47 Records JC- 1824)

Lou Caputo Not So Big Band: Not So Big Band (New York 2010 JazzCat47)

Jim Pepper, Amina Claudine Myers, Anthony Cox, Leopoldo Fleming: Afro Indian Blues (Raab, Austria 1991/2006, PAO Records/SBF Records)
Bill Siegel AllAboutJazz review of Afro Indian Blues:

Spiritual Singers of Harlem: Dry Bones (Seoul, South Korea 2003)

Robin Kenyatta: Cool Blue (New York 2001)

Guadalupe Raventos: Thamgo City (2000/01)

Jarek Smietana & Gary Bartz: African Lake (New York 2000)

Vieux Diop: Afrika Wassa (2000)

Spiritual Singers of Harlem: Swing Low Sweet Chariot (Seoul South Korea 1999)

David Murray: Speaking in Tongues (1999)

Archie Shepp: St. Louis Blues (1998/2004)

Patience Higgins'Sugar Hill Quartet: Live in Harlem (1998)

Jarek Smietana & Ricardo Styla: Kind of Life (Krakow, Poland 1998)

Per Shqiperine: Tira (1997)

Jozef Dodo Sosoka featuring Leopoldo Fleming, Drums and Percussion Acoustic Music - Live from Vienna (1996)

Phone3Phone: A Peaceful Crowd (RST Records 91621, 1996) Vieux Diop: Via Jo (1995/96/2002)

Phone3Phone: Blue Green Desires (1995)

Brian Keane: Common Planet (Trumbull, CT, and New York 1991/92)

Dave Hubbard: Labor Of Love (including Dr. Lonnie Smith) (1985)

Runaways, Original Broadway cast (1978/2003)

Ron Odrich: Blackstick (1978)

The Runaways, Original Soundtrack, Original Broadway Cast, Elizabeth Swados (DRG 19047-1996/67)

Sonny Stitt: Stomp Off Let's Go (Flying Dutchman Records BDL1-1538) 1976, reissued on CD F D 1 -1538)

Richard Groove Holmes: I'm In The Mood For Love (Flying Dutchman Records BDL1-1537) 1975-76)

Michel Sardaby: Gail (1975)

Lonnie Liston Smith: Reflections of a Golden Dream (New York, Flying Dutchman Records BDL 1-1460 1976/2004)

Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes: Expansions (New York, Flying Dutchman Records BDL1-0934 1974-75/1995)

Beaver Harris 360 0 Degree Music Experience: From Ragtime to No Time, African Drums/No Time (1974)

Dick Griffin: The Eight Wonder (1974)

Melvin van Peebles: What the ... You Mean I Can't Sing? (1974)

Camille Yarbrough: The Iron Pot Cooker (1971)

Nina Simone, e.g. Here Comes the Sun (1971)

Sivuca: SIVUCA (1969)

Miriam Makeba, many recordings, e.g.
The Magnificent Miriam Makeba (1966),
Live At Bern's Salonger (Stockholm, Sweden 1966)
Live 1966
In Concert (1967),
Click Song (19..),
Pata Pata (19..),
Live in Sweden

Live in Tokyo (Reprise 1968)

Monica Zetterlund: Att Angora en Brygga and more (1966, reissued on a number of CDs)

Various recordings reissued on compilations, among others:

Flying Funk (Bluebird, RCA, Flying Dutchman/Bluebird 2003)

Quebec Cent Ans de Chansons Folkloriques (2003)

Jazz On Americas West Coast (2003)

Miriam Makeba In Concert/Pata Pata/Makeba (2002)

Americas Newest Praise & Worship, vol. 3 (2002)

Summer Solstice Vol. 2 (1998)

Strata-2-East (1997)

I Like It (1996)

Vanguard (Ace) (1996),

African Voices (Songs of Life) (Narada, 1996)

Movie, DVD and video:

Movie/DVD: Mama Africa (2011)

Nina Simone Live At the Montreal Jazz Festivals 1992 and 2000 (frequently shown on TV around the US).

Nina Simone Live At Montreux 1976, bonus tracks from 1987 and 4 bonus tracks from 1990 with Leopoldo.

Miriam Makeba: Live at Berns Salonger, Stockholm 1966/2003.

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Sing the Truth, Vienne, France, July 2009, Dianne Reeves, Lizz Wright, Simone Kelly, Angélique Kidjo. The original Nina Simone Band, Al Schackman, Chris White, Paul Robinson, Leopoldo F. Fleming plus Jeremy Berlin:

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:

LEOPOLDO FLEMING video by Tony Sabbarese

TONY NYC | MySpace Video

Lou Caputo Big Band, The Garage 2008:
LEOPOLDO FLEMING video by Tony Sabbarese

TONY NYC | MySpace Video

African Burial Ground National Monument Dedication 1 of 2:
Leopoldo Fleming African Percussion Band, AFBG Oct 5, 07, 1 of 2

Annette Blichmann | MySpace Music Videos

African Burial Ground National Monument Dedication 2 of 2:
Leopoldo Fleming African Percussion Band, AFBG Oct 5, 07, 2 of 2

Annette Blichmann | MySpace Music Videos

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, Céu e Mar (Sky And Sea), Swedish TV 1969 (w. Leopoldo, Jimmy Phillips + ?, composition: Jony Alff):

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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