All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Gina Leishman

Gina Leishman Gina Leishman

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Gina Leishman was born in England, studied music at the Vienna Conservatory and Edinburgh University (B.Mus.Hons.), and made her home in the U.S., first on the west coast and since the early ‘90s in New York City. She has written for theater, opera, dance, film, TV and the concert stage.

She is co-founder of the septet Kamikaze Ground Crew. Together for over 30 years, their recordings, on New World, Koch Jazz and Busmeat Records, include Postcards from the Highwire (2007), Covers (2000), Madam Marie’s Temple of Knowledge (1993) and The Scenic Route (1990). Performances include San Francisco Jazz Festival, Earshot Jazz Festival (Seattle), Frankfurt Jazz Festival and Donaueschingen New Music Festival (Germany), Vossa Jazz Festival (Norway), Merkin Hall and Joe’s Pub (New York), as well as occasional gigs in and around downtown New York and Brooklyn.

She also co-leads the Mr. Wau-Wa band, a quintet dedicated to the songs of Bertolt Brecht, for which she is the chief arranger and lead singer. Her work as a singer/songwriter includes Geography (2018), Baseless Rumors (2011), In My Skin (2007) and Bed Time (2004), all explorations of the Leishman Songbook.

She performs and records with infrequent regularity as a solo artist, and in various and sundry downtown projects, including as guest vocalist with Steven Bernstein’s Millenial Territory Orchestra and guest instrumentalist with Peter Apfelbaum’s Hieroglyphics Ensemble

Read more

Tags

Musician 2 Musician
Album Review
Read more articles
“One of New York’s most versatile composers…” -Time Out

“She is not only a wonderful composer and performer, she is also a rare singer capable of conveying the deepest emotion with utter precision, while never giving in to sentimentality.” – barbesbrooklyn.com

“Ms. Leishman…stole the show when she sang her own “Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic”, which had wry lyrics, piquant dissonances and shifty meters recalling Stravinsky and Kurt Weill” -New York Times

“gifted and idiosyncratic” – San Diego Union Tribune

“Gina Leishman’s bedtime stories aren’t like Mother Goose’s

Read more

Photos

Albums

Album Geography by Gina Leishman

Geography

GCQ Records
2018

buy
Album Baseless Rumors by Gina Leishman

Baseless Rumors

GCQ Records
2011

buy
Album In My Skin by Gina Leishman

In My Skin

GCQ Records
2007

buy
Album Bed Time by Gina Leishman

Bed Time

GCQ Records
2004

buy

Watch

Similar

Barbara Fasano Barbara Fasano
voice / vocals
Helen Merrill Helen Merrill
voice / vocals
Annie Ross Annie Ross
voice / vocals
Alexis Cole Alexis Cole
voice / vocals
Liza Lee Liza Lee
voice / vocals
Joy Bellis Joy Bellis
voice / vocals
Tom Lellis Tom Lellis
voice / vocals
Elisabeth Lohninger Elisabeth Lohninger
voice / vocals
Tine Bruhn Tine Bruhn
voice / vocals
June April June April
voice / vocals
Mary Foster Conklin Mary Foster Conklin
voice / vocals
Stephanie Nakasian Stephanie Nakasian
voice / vocals

Shop Amazon

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.