Michael Leonhart, trumpeter, composer, producer, arranger has worked with Elvis Costello and Joshua Redman, Wu Tang Clan and Questlove. He has been a member of the legendary rock band Steely Dan since 1996. He'll be joined by NYC's noir instrumental trio Big Lazy along with guest Peter Hess (Philip Glass Ensemble, Slavic Soul Party, the Hold Steady) on baritone sax and woodwinds.
Big Lazy, the elegantly gritty instrumental trio led by the extraordinary guitarist Stephen Ulrich, plays stunningly beautiful music that evokes everything from truckers' romps to the haunting film scores of Bernard Herrmann." -The New Yorker
Big Lazy has flourished for over two decades in NYC’s downtown music scene. Simultaneously noir and pastoral, gothic and modern, the instrumental trio conjures images from big sky country to seedy back rooms with cinematic clarity. With a nod towards classic guitar instrumentals and a fiery performance style, their most recent album, Dear Trouble, captures the essence of their legendary live shows.
Big Lazy founder Stephen Ulrich is the composer for the HBO series Bored to Death and the art forgery documentary Art and Craft. His filmic music can be heard in numerous recent episodes of NPR’s This American Life.