Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Léah Kline...... .. is listed as one of the Top Jazz Singers in the book The Jazz Singers - the Ultimate Guide, by LA jazz critic, Scott Yanow.
Léah Kline is an accomplished stage performer who has enjoyed the privilege of performing in virtually every field of entertainment. Equally at ease before an audience of 2,000 as with one of 30, she has entertained audiences in Europe, Asia, and the US. As a singer, Léah is noted for her personal delivery and phrasing of songs paying great respect to the meaning of the lyrics. Particularly well received for her vivacious stage presence and clear melodic tones, her phrasing and interpretation has earned favorable attention from jazz fans. She currently resides in Amsterdam, where she enjoys a full performing and teaching schedule.
An American jazz singer and lyricist based in the Netherlands, Leah Kline performs an eclectic variety of music that ranges from straight-ahead jazz to Cabaret to original cross-genre material. She was born in Japan when her father was stationed there in the military, but grew up in the United States. Kline played piano, congas, and hand bells as a child. She graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts .After which she worked in the Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, performing in a wide variety of situations. A fall off a balcony disabled her for a period, and a six-month USO tour of Europe convinced her to focus her passions on singer. Kline became part of the Los Angeles jazz and cabaret community. In 2000 she moved her traveling base to Amsterdam. Since then, she has performed in “There's No Business Like Show Business” (a musical based on the life of Irving Berlin), was part of a “tribute to Ann Burton” ( one of Hollands famous Jazz singers), worked with 2 european Glen Miller Orchestras, appeared in “42nd Street” and “Musicals in Ahoy”, toured with her own “JazzCabaret” shows through Holland, and performs as a jazz singer throughout Europe as a guest or with her own group. She has also co-hosted a radio show The Jazz Corner, written music articles, and guest taught for 5 years at the Theater School in Amsterdam. Kline has thus far recorded 6 CDs: a theatrical standards album based on her Jazz Cabaret Shows (Play ground 2003), her original lyrics and poetry written to pianist Dirk Balthaus' music. Juzz Flirtin 2007. ,a blues Cd from German boogie pianist Christian Bleiming (Boogie in my Heart), 2 cds of recognition and in 2011 on a cd with the Benny Goodman influenced Bernard Berkhout Swing Orchestra, “Let’s Dance”. Léah placed as finalist in the Dutch Jazz Vocalist Competition in 2005 and is listed as one of the Top Jazz Singers in the book The Jazz Singers - the Ultimate Guide, by LA jazz critic,Scott Yanow. Léah has written songs with Dirk Balthaus, Joost van der Knaap, Bastiaan Woltjer, and singer Anne Chris.
Awards:Finalist NL Jazz Vocalist Competition - (4th) 2005 "Artist worthy of wider recognition" CD compilation BUMA 2007 Listing in book THE JAZZ SINGERS- the Ultimate Guide 2009
Léah Kline is marvelously poetic and brazen in the creation of her charming lyrics - Dewezet (DE).....
She has a sparkling, crystal-clear jazz voice with excellent timing. -De Telegraaf (NL)
JuzzFlirtin is the exceptionally listenable result of a rendezvous between vocalist/lyricist Leah Kline and pianist/composer Dirk Balthaus. A meeting that caused musical sparks. “ Her narrating qualities are impressive and inviting.” In a subtle manner she understands to seduce the listener, to captivate and naturally claim the attention. Frank Huser Jazz Flits (NL) ..... Key-words: suspense, refinement and liveliness ... Ntb Musicworld magazine
She has a supple voice, phrases with ease, and can sing ballads beautifully. (KRO gids) NL
Léah is a dynamic singer! LA Jazz (US)
European Press: ‘....het speelterrein voor Léah is breed. Het zangplezier straalt er van af. In deze tijd een aangename verrassing, een verademing’ –KRO Studio Gids
‘Ze heeft een sprankelende, kristalheldere jazzstem met een uitstekende timing ’ -De Telegraaf
‘Ik heb zelden iemand meegemaakt die zich zozeer thuis voelde op het podium’ -webmagazine MusicABC.
‘…Aan Léah Kline hoor je dat zij als zangeres op de planken heeft gestaan, die weet wat showbizz is. Ze durft het aan om onvervalste jaren “50 songs” ….te plaatsen naast jazzklassiekers’ - KRO Studio gids.
Dr. Bernhard and his Swing Orchestra “Let’s Dance 2011
Christian Bleiming Boogie in My Heart featuring Leah Kline (Acoustic Music Records) 2009
BUMA Cultuur Bands worthy of wider recognition BUMA 2008
Léah Kline JuzzFlirtin (Theatrics Productions/Hi5 Records) &(Vivid Sound Corporation- JP) 2007
“Finalisten van de Nederlandse Jazz Vocalisten Concours 2005(limited edition- Odeon)2005
Leah Kline Playground Theatrics Productions) 2004
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