In 2002 John Leitham became Jennifer Leitham, and of course her talent transcended that journey. Since 1979 this artist has performed with a who’s who of the jazz world, from Mel Torme, Woody Herman, George Shearing, Doc Severinsin, Peggy Lee, Cleo Laine, and on and on. She has played on over 125 albums. You’ve got to be pretty talented to work that long in those circles. Her very public transition was difficult enough without also facing the unknown reception she would get in the less than liberal jazz world. It hasn’t always been easy, for a left-handed bassist, and a woman. That hasn’t slowed her down though, as she’s just released her eighth solo album.
And it’s a holiday one and I think it’s up to her high standards. Leading the Jennifer Leitham Trio, the album mixes a blend of instrumentals and vocals, and classic holiday songs with originals. One original in particular, that she wrote, is “Future Christmas (The Global Warming Winter Holiday Blues).” I’m very pleased that she did a video of this one that I can share with you.
Other tracks, like Randy Newman’s “Feels Like Home For Christmas,” “Christmas Time Is Here,” and a concoction of “Little Drummer Boy / Big Bass Girl” provide other highlights.