Using a combination of danceable grooves, jazz standards and a new concept of freeform playing, The Leif Arntzen Band achieves a rare balance between melodic simplicity and abstract expression. Backed by a crew of jazz session players that perform heavily around the city with the likes of Dave Douglas, JD Allen, Pete Robbins, Michael Blake and Kris Davis, powerhouse trumpeter Leif Arntzen soars through a wide range of tempos and feels that are apt to change at the drop of a hat. This ability to quickly shift gears evokes the creative downtown scene of the late 80's and 90's, where Leif came up playing with musicians like John Medeski, Billy Martin, Steven Bernstein, and in the legendary orchestras of Gil Evans and Tito Puente. A coalition of leaders in their own right, each member can comfortably step into a leadership role where their distinct voice is heard, giving the music a startling vibrancy and breadth.
Leif Arntzen - Trumpet & Vocals
Ryan Blotnick - Guitar
Landon Knoblock - Piano & Keys
Michael Bates - Bass
Jeff Davis - Drums