Blake Morgan Residency at Rockwood Music Hall
with special guest Michael Leonhart
Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 - 185 Orchard Street, NYC
ABOUT BLAKE MORGAN:
“Serious musical chops.” –Pollstar
“Disarmingly unselfconscious.” –The New York Times
“Inspired songwriting and passionate performances.” –Billboard Magazine
Blake Morgan’s two-year sold-out run at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall continues with Season Three of his ongoing artist-in-residence concert series. This third season features Grammy-nominated and Grammy-winning special guests Jesse Harris, Tracy Bonham, Michael Leonhart, and Chris Barron, each of whom perform alongside Morgan, continuing the tradition of unique on-stage collaborations that the residency’s audience has come to love.
Morgan’s sold-out run in New York has also fueled an extraordinary string of recent headlining performances for the artist around the globe: over 100 concerts across 50,000 miles of touring on both sides of the Atlantic this past year alone. Morgan has recently headlined his first large-scale solo tours of Germany and The United Kingdom, along with three extensive tours of the West Coast of the United States.
There’s no sign of slowing down for the artist––in October of 2017 Morgan co-headlined with acclaimed singer-songwriter David Poe for a 1,500-mile West Coast tour, and December will find Morgan back in the U.K. for his second major tour of Britain in a year.
The Washington Post writes, “He’s got killer pop-rock instincts, something that leaps out at you…a natural when it comes to fashioning sharp melodies and catchy choruses.” Billboard Magazine adds, “Blake Morgan has a voice that was made to be heard on the radio…inspired songwriting and passionate performances.”
Native New Yorker Blake Morgan is a recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and the founder and owner of ECR Music Group, a global music company that operates under an elemental principle unprecedented in the music world: all of its artists and labels own one-hundred percent of their master recordings. His music advocacy has taken him to Capitol Hill numerous times where, as the founder of the #IRespectMusic movement, he continues to fight for music makers’ rights in the digital age.
ABOUT MICHAEL LEONHART:
At age 17, Michael was honored as the youngest Grammy recipient in history, cited as the most outstanding musician in a U.S. high school. That same year ABC World News with Peter Jennings named him "Person of the Week".
Born into a musical family, Michael Leonhart has developed into one of the most imaginative musicians of his time, sought throughout the music and entertainment world as a trumpeter, producer, arranger, film composer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter.
As a solo artist Michael has released seven albums -- "Aardvark Poses" (1995), "Glub Glub vol. 11" (1997), and "Slow" (2002) all on the Sunnyside label; "The Suzy Lattimore EP" (2005) & "The Ballad of Minton Quigley "(2006) (self released), 2008's "Hotel Music" (St. Ives/Secretly Canadian) and 2010’s heavy-funk concept album “Seahorse and the Storyteller” (Truth and Soul Records). He has composed and performed music and songs for movies, television, dance, fashion shows and theater, and has appeared on over 125 albums.
Michael has performed with Steely Dan since 1996, recording two albums with them, including 2000's Grammy winning Album of the Year "Two Against Nature" on which he was a featured soloist, arranger and conductor. He has performed and/or recorded with music legends James Brown, Ringo Starr, Brain Eno, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Levon Helm, Yoko Ono, David Byrne, Dr. John, Steve Winwood, Bill Withers, Bette Midler, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth), Caetano Veloso, A Tribe Called Quest, Raekwon (Wutang Clan), Henry Mancini, John Barry, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith), Bobby McFerrin, Wynton Marsalis, Todd Rundgren and Bonnie Raitt. Michael has also worked with artists such as Mark Ronson, Alicia Keys, Sharon Jones and the Dapkings, Bruno Mars, Antibalas, Sean Lennon, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Charles Bradley and the Menahan Street Band, St. Vincent, Foster the People, Mos Def, Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Phish, Cibo Matto, Lenny Kravitz, Scissor Sisters, Aloe Blacc, Natalie Merchant, Slash (Guns and Roses/Velvet Revolver), They Might Be Giants and Jens Lekman.
October 2012 marked the release of Donald Fagen’s long awaited fourth solo album “Sunken Condos”, produced by Michael and Donald. The album consists of eight new Fagen originals as well as an Ashkenazi recasting of Isaac Hayes’ Out of the Ghetto and harkens back the sound of the classic albums “Aja” and “The Nightfly”.
Most recently, Michael can be heard playing trumpet on Mark Ronson's #1 hit "Uptown Funk" featuring Bruno Mars.