American singer Leena Conquest is a recording artist steeped in the jazz tradition and full of all things soulful. Her ability to bridge that eternal divide, moving from the classic to the modern; fusing music genres along with a captivating presence puts her in a class with the best. This Texas- born chanteuse has been heralded for her work on several recordings including Raining on the Moon (thirstyear.com), Cornmeal Dance and I Plan to Stay a Believer (aumfidelity.com), selected for this year's 2011 DOWNBEAT Critics Poll TOP 10 Albums. She has worked with a host of jazz luminaries including trumpeter Doc Cheatham, pianist Mal Waldron and vibesman Roy Ayers who is featured on her Come Fly Away CD. In addition, her duo CD, Dave Burrell Plays His Songs featuring Leena Conquest (Tracce), revisits Burrells's classic compositions while Leena Conquest gives them fresh life, says Washington DC Radio WPFW's Bobby Hill. Leena has toured worldwide including London, Spain, Finland, Italy, Tunisia, the Chicago Jazz Festival and more.
Leena will be appearing at New York's Jazz At Lincoln Center on Oct. 28 and 29 as a part of the African American Legacy Project produced by bassist-composer Reggie Workman. This production includes arrangements by bandleader Charles Tolliver of works such as Africa and Underground Railroad from Jazz masters like saxophonist, John Coltrane.