Michael is featured on Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" which is nominated for two 2016 Grammys: Record of the Year & Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.


Tickets for Nels Cline: Music from Lovers (arranged and conducted by Michael Leonhart) live at the Newport Jazz Festival now available. Sunday July 31, 2016 main stage



"Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein", produced by Michael Leonhart and Karrin has been nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album of the Year for the 2016 Grammys. The album is out on Motema records and features Kenny Barron (piano) & John Patitucci (acoustic bass).

Summer 2016 will also see the double-vinyl release of Nels Cline's mood album "Lovers" (arranged and conducted by Michael Leonhart featuring 21-piece orchestra). http://nelscline.com

Michael has been at work composing songs for his 8th solo album release. Stay tuned for more news. 


You can hear Michael's horns and orchestrations on the Mark Ronson/Geoff Zanelli score for "Mortdecai" starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow & Ewan McGregor. Also featured on the score are the Dapkings.  


4 recent albums produced by Michael:

"Slow Motion Miracles" by SACHAL (Sony/Okeh) http://www.sachalsings.com

"Disturbing Wildlife" by INVISIBLE FAMILIARS (OTHER MUSIC) http://invisiblefamiliars.com

"Mexican Dust" by MOSQUITOS click here

"TBA" by THE KNITTS  http://www.knittsmusic.com


Watch Michael perform with MUSE on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE along with the DAP-KINGS HORNS.

Michael is featured playing trumpet on Cibo Matto's "DEJA VU" from their new album "Hotel Valentine" on Chimera Records. Playing trombone is Aaron Johnson who performed with Michael Leonhart & the Avramina 7 live and on the "Seahorse & the Storyteller" album.

Official video directed by Jean Claude Billmaier


Hear Michael's horn arrangements and orchestrations from the 2013 DAVID BYRNE & ST. VINCENT "LOVE THIS GIANT" tour.

Free download of the "BRASS TACTICS EP" available here at Stereogum.com





 Michael appears with YOKO ONO & THE PLASTIC ONO BAND on Yoko's new album, "TAKE ME TO THE LAND OF HELL" available now.


Donald Fagen's long-awaited fourth solo album, Sunken Condos was released October 2012 on Reprise records.  Produced by Michael Leonhart and Donald Fagen.