Born in Warren, Ohio, LeeAnn Ledgerwood began studying piano at the
age of four. She received intensive classical training which included four
years of study with renowned classical pianist Grant Johanessen. LeeAnn
pursued classical studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. As she
matured, her musical interests were completely absorbed by improvisation.
Her need to study this lead her to North Texas State University and finally
to Berklee college of music in Boston. Her fellow students at that time
included Branford Marsalis, Terrence Blanchard. They were a close knit group
who shared classes, ensembles and played sessions and local gigs most every
weekend in the Boston area. During this time, LeeAnn had been invited to New
York city by Marian McPartland. Ms. McPartland seriously encouraged LeeAnn
to pursue a career in jazz. LeeAnn took her advice to heart and planned for
a life in jazz.
After completing her college training at Berklee in Boston , LeeAnn
moved to New York city. Since the early 80¹s LeeAnn Ledgerwood has been one
of the most highly sought after musicians on the New York and international
scenes. In addition to leading her own groups, she has had long-standing
collaborations with such world class musicians as Red Mitchell, George Mraz,
Eddie Gomez, Billy Hart, Buster Williams, and Joe Chambers to mention only a
few. LeeAnn has been on the inside track playing every major venue in Europe
and the United States. Concerts as well as jazz clinics have been a main
staple in the development of her career. In the month of April 2003 Lee Ann
was the special guest on the nationwide renowned Marian McPartland Piano
Jazz radio show. Her piano trio was a featured headline act at the
prestigious JVC Jazz Festival at the Bryant Park venue in New York city.
She has performed as part of the New School Jazz series with her trio with
bassist George Mraz and drummer Brandon Lewis. Ledgerwood had the honor of
closing the Jazz at Lincoln Center¹s Women in jazz concert series in 2006.
LeeAnn Ledgerwood is also a dedicated teacher of music. She has been on the
faculties of Mannes College of Music and the New School for Jazz and
Contemporary Music since 1992. She was the first of only two members of the
jazz faculty to ever receive the prestigious Distinguished University
teacher Award in 1997 from Mannes College and the New School Jazz divisions.
Currently LeeAnn is completing a book on Advanced Reharmonization which is
in tandem with the course that she teaches at the New School where she
continues to teach jazz piano and composition.