Who's participating at the Leonardi Legacy concert:
MASTERS OF CEREMONIES
BILL BODINEHometown: Youngstown.Occupation: Producer, composer, arranger and bassist.Affiliations: Grammy-winning composer of a song recorded by Manhattan Transfer; wrote scores for more than 300 TV commercials; toured with Van Morrison, Leo Sayer, Olivia Newton-John, Melissa Manchester, Joan Armatrading, Laura Branigan, Cher and Sergio Mendez, among others.
BOB DIPIEROHometown: Liberty.Occupation: Songwriter.Affiliations: Wrote songs that were recorded by Reba McEntire, Oak Ridge Boys, Brooks and Dunn, Jo Dee Messina, Vince Gill, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Lonestar and Martina McBride, among others.
SEAN JONESHometown: Warren.Occupation: Graduate student, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J.
MIKE KAMUFOccupation: Free-lance trumpeter, composer and arranger; director of bands, music department chairman and gifted and talented coordinator, John T. Baker Middle School in Damascus, Md.Affiliations: Compositions and arrangements have been commissioned by Airmen of Note, Navy Commodores, Woody Herman Orchestra, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Terrel Stafford, Jon Faddis, Bill Watrous, Eddie Daniels and others.
TIM LEAHEYHometown: Altoona, Pa.Occupation: Member and soloist, Airmen of Note U.S. Air Force jazz ensemble.Affiliations: Rosemary Clooney; Tonight Show Orchestra with Doc Severinsen; Glenn Miller Orchestra; Guy Lombardo Orchestra.
LOU PISANIHometown: Natrona Heights, Pa.Occupation: Middle school band director, Ingomar Middle School near Pittsburgh.Affiliations: Toured with Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (as lead trumpet for one year); performed with Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, Tom Harrell, Louie Bellson, Jon Faddis, Buddy Morrow, Vic Damone, Johnny Mathis, Arturo Sandoval, The Four Tops and The Temptations; lead trumpet in Cleveland Jazz Orchestra.
DENNIS REYNOLDSHometown: Warren.Occupation: Artistic director, Jazz Heritage Orchestra in residence at Cleveland State University Black Studies Program.Affiliations: Former lead trumpeter with Count Basie and Clark Terry Big Bands; Illinois Jacquet Big Band.
DR. DARRYL WHITEHometown: Warren.Occupation: Assistant professor of trumpet, University of Nebraska School of Music; faculty member, lecturer and soloist at annual Mile High Jazz Camp.Affiliations: Guest artist at Omaha Symphony, Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, Mesa Chamber Orchestra, Grand Junction Symphony, Lake Forest Chamber Orchestra, Roaring Fork Jazz Festival and many others; several recording credits.
JEFF BUSHHometown: Apollo, Pa.Occupation: Free-lance musician; pursuing master's degree in jazz studies at Manhattan School of Music.Affiliations: Glenn Miller Orchestra; Tommy Dorsey Orchestra as conducted by Buddy Morrow; RIAS Big Band of Berlin, Germany; Cleveland Jazz Orchestra; The Four Freshmen; The Temptations.
DR. MIKE CRISTHometown: Albany, N.Y.Occupation: YSU Dana School of Music faculty.Affiliations: Principal trombone, Youngstown Symphony and Warren Chamber orchestras; Tri-Cities Opera; Binghamton Symphony; Cleveland Pops Orchestra; Cleveland Jazz Orchestra.
JIM MASTERSOccupation: Trombonist, singer, and educator.Affiliations: Buddy Rich Band; Widespread Jazz Orchestra; Tito Puente; Mel Lewis; John Fedchock; Maria Schneider; Columbus Jazz Orchestra.
JOHN OLSSONOccupation: Low brass instructor, Kent State University Stark Campus, and trombone and euphonium instructor at Malone, Mount Union and West Liberty State colleges.Affiliations: Bass trombonist, Wheeling and Canton symphony orchestras; Jazz Heritage Orchestra; featured soloist, Sounds of Sousa Band; Woodlands Brass Quintet; Canton Concert Band; and Ernie Leger and First Class big bands.
TOM POTJUNASHometown: Warren.Occupation: Musician, Alabama Theater in Myrtle Beach, S.C.Affiliations: Performed in Anita Bryant and Blue Velvet theaters in Branson, Mo.; performed with Bob Hope, The Jordanaires, The Temptations, The Four Tops and Jerry Lewis; performed on cruise lines; taught music in public schools.
DR. KENT ENGELHARDTHometown: Boardman.Occupation: Coordinator of Jazz Studies at YSU.Affiliations: Tommy Dorsey Orchestra; saxophone section leader and arranger, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra; Northeast Ohio Jazz Society Dream Band; Blossom Festival Band; Cleveland Orchestra; Barry Manilow; Sheena Easton; Michael McDonald; Marilyn McCoo; Bill Medley; Melissa Manchester; Peabo Bryson; Roberta Flack; and Johnny Mathis, among others.
RALPH LALAMAHometown: West Aliquippa, Pa.Occupation: Performing, recording artist and featured soloist Mondays at Village Vanguard, New York; adjunct professor at New York University and State University of New York at Purchase.Affiliations: Woody Herman, Buddy Rich and Thad Jones/Mel Lewis orchestras; Harold Danko; Mel Torme; Carmen McRae; Tom Harrell; played on Grammy-winning CD "52nd Street Themes" by Joe Lovano Nonet; Carnegie Hall Jazz Band.
JASON RIGBYHometown: Cleveland.Occupation: Free-lance saxophonist and composer.Affiliations: Graduate programs at DePaul University School of Music in Chicago and Manhattan School of Music; 1999 winner of Downbeat Magazine's Best College Jazz Instrumentalist award; toured with Buddy Morrow, Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller orchestras; performed with Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago's Green Mill Big Band, Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and on BET cable TV's "On Jazz with Ramsey Lewis."
GLENN WILSONOccupation: Saxophonist, now living in central Illinois.Affiliations: Toured and recorded with Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, Tito Puente, Bill Kirchner Nonet, Mel Lewis, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Bruce Hornsby, among others; six solo albums and playing credits on 21 others; National Endowment for the Arts grant recipient.Also: Matt Ferraro (no biography available).
JEFF GRUBBSHometown: Cleveland.Occupation: Bassist, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.Affiliations: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Florida Philharmonic Orchestra.
PHIL PALOMBIOccupation: Jazz bassist.Affiliations: Buddy Morrow and Tommy Dorsey Orchestras; Maynard Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau; Village Vanguard Orchestra; recordings with Section 8 (sax section from Buddy Rich Tribute Band) and Naxos artist Sarah Jane Cion.
MELISSA SLOCUMHometown: Youngstown.Occupation: String bass player; pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at State University of New York at Stony Brook. Affiliations: Performed with Lionel Hampton, Woody Shaw, Jon Faddis, John Hicks, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Roland Hanna, Barry Harris, Bobby Watson, Art Blakey and Wynton Marsalis; recorded with Kevin Mahogany, Howard Johnson & amp; Gravity, Diva, Ralph Peterson, Dakota Staton and Charlie Persip & amp; his Superband; resident bassist of the Broadway show "Phantom of the Opera."
DON AMBROSEHometown: Youngstown.Occupation: Leader, Don Ambrose Trio, recording artist and composer.Affiliations: Mel Torme; Ramsey Lewis; USA Film Festival.
ALTON MERRELLHometown: Warren.Occupation: Pianist, educator, producer, songwriter and composer.Affiliations: Studying for master's degree in jazz piano performance at YSU; music director, New Jerusalem Fellowship Church in Warren.
JAMES WEIDMANHometown: Youngstown.Occupation: Recording artist and jazz faculty member at State University of New York at Purchase and William Paterson University in Wayne, N.J.Affiliations: Pianist and musical director for vocalist Kevin Mahogany; toured for nine years with vocalist Abbey Lincoln and played on three of her recordings; also toured with Max Roach, James Moody, Slide Hampton, Cassandra Wilson, Dakota Staton and Gloria Lynne, among others.
CHRIS POULINOccupation: Jazz and classical guitarist.Affiliations: Has performed on cruise ships in the Bahamas and the Caribbean; performing and writing songs with group Antigravity.
DARRYL PELLEGRINIOccupation: Free-lance drummer.Affiliations: Woody Herman Orchestra; Lionel Hampton; Dizzy Gillespie; Milt Jackson; Clark Terry; Chuck Mangione; on Broadway with "The Lion King," "Fosse," "Swing!," "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and more; with national and international tours of "West Side Story" and "Blood Brothers"; in TV commercials, cartoons and movies, including Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors."
EDDIE ALLENHometown: Chicago.Occupation: Jazz marimba soloist.Affiliations: Personal and musical assistant to percussionist Max Roach; toured with Dizzy Gillespie; director, composer and performer in Young Planet Percussion Ensemble, a transcultural group.
DAVE LALAMAHometown: West Aliquippa, Pa.Occupation: Performer, arranger and composer.Affiliations: Recorded with Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw, Stan Getz and others; performed at JVC Jazz Festival with Anita O'Day and in Carnegie Recital Hall with Cecil Bridgewater; performed with Vanguard Jazz Orchestra on National Public Radio; featured guest on Marion McPartland's syndicated "Piano Jazz" series.
DAVE RIVELLOOccupation: Director, New Jazz Ensemble at Eastman School of Music; free-lance composer, arranger and music copyist; leader, Dave Rivello Ensemble.Affiliations: Smithsonian Institution; Youngstown Symphony Orchestra; Penfield Symphony Orchestra; Penfield Music Commission Project; David Taylor; Phil Woods; Gene Bertoncini; Randy Brecker; Jiggs Whigham; Billy Hart; Bill Kirchner Nonet.
Also: Jerry Ascione (no biography available); Jeff Bush; Mike Kamuf; and Jim Masters.