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Among the most proficient and accomplished bassists in the field of contemporary jazz, Orlando le Fleming's virtuoso technique, boundless creativity and powerful beat are those of a musician who has found himself, humbly, occupying a space in the uppermost stratum of American improvised music.

Orlando's facility as an improviser and capacity as a team player were first honed not on the bandstand, nor in the practice room, but on the cricket pitch. Originally from the UK, Orlando seemed destined for an athletic career, and was briefly a professional cricketer, until he was granted a place at London’s Royal Academy of music, and his lifelong passion for music won out.

Le Fleming's 2003 move to New York City was a timely one. Soon after arriving stateside, Orlando joined Jane Monheit's band, consequently sharing the bass duties on her 2004 release Taking a Chance on Love with Ron Carter and Christian McBride; the year following, he recorded with jazz legend Jimmy Cobb on his Marsalis Music Honors release. In the years since, leaders as diverse as Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Bill Charlap, Billy Cobham, Seamus Blake, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and David Sanchez have relied on Le Fleming's firm beat and eloquent counterpoint to propel their rhythm sections forward.

While he succeeds as a sideman, it is as a leader that Orlando le Fleming truly shines. From Brooklyn With Love is a living document of Orlando's original compositions, as performed by his 2010 quartet. Recorded in concert at storied Park Slope hangout Freddy's, it features saxophonist Will Vinson, guitarist Lage Lund, and drummer Antonio Sanchez. Riding the high acclaim of this initial release, Lund, Vinson, and Le Fleming would go on to form the drum-less OWL Trio, whose eponymous 2013 debut was hailed by critics and listeners alike. Downbeat declared “Everything about this album,which should contend for debut of the year honors,is a resounding success. The music swings effortlessly, every utterance is gorgeous and the recording is intimate and beautiful.”

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”Orlando is easily one of the most skilled and thoughtful musicians that I have worked with.” - Jeff “Tain” Watts

“Orlando has great ears, is a master of phrasing and note choice and knows exactly how to complement his musical surroundings; he's a pleasure to play with every time.” - Ari Hoenig

“Orlando is a brilliant musician and one of my most favorite bassists. He has so many dynamic and musical qualities, his sound is big and supportive, his lines are deep architecture,his solos are dances in shadows and light, his energy is warm, engaging and playful, and his technical skill is on the highest level.” - Kurt Rosenwinkel

“Orlando le Fleming, a deep toned walker with an impeccable sense of time.”- Jazz Times

“Me Le Fleming served as the band's grounding force”- New York Times

“Le Fleming's material has a reflective, contemplative quality...whatever the tempo, thoughtful introspection is the general rule.” - All About Jazz

“The six track offerings clearly shout Le Fleming is a brilliant artist”- Birmingham Times

“Le Fleming delivers some stunning pizzicato on the stirring ballad ”Inevitably”- Jazz Times

“Every inch of this recording speaks eloquently for the art of the rhythm section.....

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Primary Instrument

Bass

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

$100 per hour $80 per hour for Skype

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Albums

Album Sofijazz by Sofija Knezevic

Sofijazz

Archival Records
2020

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Album Write Out Your Head by Wayne Krantz

Write Out Your Head

Abstract Logix
2020

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Album Human Dust Suite by Miki Yamanaka

Human Dust Suite

Outside in Music
2020

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Album From Brooklyn With Love by Orlando le Fleming

From Brooklyn With...

Nineteen Eight Records
2010

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