ABOUT DANA LEONG
Composer/cellist/trombonist Dana Leong blends jazz, classical and pop to create a signature sound. Dana’s pioneering collage of musical styles has garnered critical acclaim and wowed audiences around the world. He has collaborated with top jazz artists including Paquito D’Rivera, Christian McBride, Dafnis Prieto, and Henry Threadgill; and has worked with such diverse artists as Ray Charles, Barry White, Kanye West, Wynton Marsalis, Bjork, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yoko Ono and Lila Downs.
Voted “Most Stylish New Yorker” by Time Out New York in 2010, his runway show credits include designers Alexander Hercovitch and Dianne von Furstenberg. His clothing is provided by New York/Tokyo-based Onassis and blanc de chine. He has been a featured performer at numerous other fashion, sports and corporate events including the New York Fashion’s Night Out and the U.S. Open. On screen, Dana has acted and performed on screen in a number of different settings such as Steven Spielberg’s feature film The Terminal, Robin Williams’ August Rush, NBC’s Law & Order, The Today Show, and with The Roots “Live at Wetlands.”
Dana grew up in San Francisco and studied classical cello and jazz trombone on double scholarships at Manhattan School of Music. Dana gives clinics and workshops around the globe as an official performing artist and clinician for YAMAHA and D’Addario Bowed Strings.
In 2008 Dana’s quartet MILK & JADE toured all over Southeast Asia as part of Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. State Department-sponsored tour, The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad. Since then the group has been a smashing hit at numerous festivals in Europe, Asia and the US. In addition to touring, Dana is a prolific composer and arranger, having recently written and premiered Bound(less), a new work for the critically acclaimed pioneers of vertical dance, BANDALOOP at the Orange County Performing Arts Center as well as an evening length work, Life After Dark, at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. He was a featured guest music director and performer in Fela! on Broadway in 2010 and is the first ever Composer-In-Residence for The Museum of Chinese in America in New York City.
The Dana Leong Trio, featuring Dana (cello/trombone), John Shannon (guitar) and DJ Icewater (turntables), is the latest incarnation of Leong’s ever-expansive compositions, bringing together an exciting blend of instrumental techniques and musical styles. The trio was a featured act at the 2011 Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York City and the group will also perform at the Sleepless Night Miami Beach festival in November 2011.
In the Press
“Hands down excellent!” –New York Magazine
“Dana Leong crafts lines of sublime lyric content” – Chicago Tribune
“Sizzling, highly stylized solos.” – Philadelphia Inquier
Dana Leong Trio, featuring Dana (cello/trombone/laptop), John Shannon (guitar) and DJ Icewater (turntables), is the latest incarnation of Dana’s ever-expansive compositions, bringing together an exciting electro-acoustic blend of jazz, classical and pop.
Dream State, the trio’s first album was originally commissioned by Segerstrom Center for the Arts for the premiere of Bound(less), a 40-min aerial dance piece by BANDALOOP. The album also features a track commissioned by Richard Branson & Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceport.
Dana’s high octane hip-hop/jazz quartet MILK & JADE has received worldwide acclaim performing sold out shows at jazz festivals in US, Sweden, Italy, Germany, Finland, Slovenia, Serbia, Austria, Ireland, Mexico, Macau, and China. In 2008, the band served as an American musical ambassador overseas as part of The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program produced in conjunction with Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
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