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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.