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Garry Leonard

Garry Leonard

After graduating from Eastern Michigan University on a full music scholarship, Garry toured the U.S. with brother Gerry, singer Leslie Kendall, and pianists Alan Broadbent, John Serry and Gus Sims. He settled in Kansas City and began a career in music education with the North Kansas City School District. He’s played with various groups in KC as well as the Starlight Theater, KC Chiefs Band and the Kansas City Symphony.


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”The finesse and skill of everyone on board is evident from the first notes of “It Could Happen To You” through the final chord of “If You Never Come to Me.” Everything here, including easy swing, medium-up bebop, and liquid Latin lines, is a marriage of virtuosity and restraint. If the term Smooth Jazz hadn't been taken by an anemic variant of instrumental pop music, this album could aptly be described as such. It's impossible to listen without being carried into the groove as Garry and Gerry lay down an unobstructive foundation for the interplay between Embrey and Smith.”

“Jay Sollenberger (an alumnus of the Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and Buddy Rich bands) lays down gorgeous solos on “The Nearness of You” and “Embraceable You.” And Gary Helm provides Latin percussion on several tracks

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Reflictions in Time

Unknown label
2007

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