Cellist Dana Leong performs at The Matthews with trio March 19, 2015

March 6, 2015
photo by John Walder
photo by John Walder

We are a lucky town, you know.  The Matthews is honored to have the Dana Leong Trio live on stage, Thursday, March 19, 2015.  This is another of our outstanding Subscription Series events for the 2014-15 season.  Tickets are also available individually for $25 adults and $10 youth & BHSU students. 

Show Details:
Thursday, March 19
7:30 p.m.
$25 for Adults
$10 for Youth

Composer/cellist/trombonist Dana Leong blends jazz, classical and pop to create a signature sound. Dana’s pioneering collage of musical styles has garnered critical acclaim and wowed audiences around the world. In 2012 he was part of the cast of Paquito D’Rivera’s 2x Grammy Winning album “The Panamercana Orchestra” and has collaborated, performed, and produced for renowned artists such as Christian McBride, Dafnis Prieto, Henry Threadgill, Ray Charles, Barry White, Kanye West, Wynton Marsalis, Bjork, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Yoko Ono, and Lila Downs, as well as electronic music legends DJ A-Trak and DJ Qbert.

The trio…cello/trombone, bass, turntables

The Dana Leong Trio, featuring Dana (cello, trombone, electronics), Sam Sellers (bass) and Val-Inc (turntables, electronics), is the latest incarnation of Leong’s ever-expansive compositions, bringing together an exciting blend of instrumental melodies and driving musical grooves. The trio was a featured act at the 2011 Blue Note Jazz Festival in New York City, the Sleepless Night Miami Beach Festival as well as their recent SOLD OUT concert headlining the Vladivostok International Jazz Festival in the Primorye Philharmonic Hall.

Watch & Listen

A beautiful sampling of the music that will grace our stage.

How it started.

Dana began piano studies before he was in kindergarten. By age 8, he was competing internationally on cello and trombone. He wrote his first original composition at age 16 and was the Grammy High School All Stars band winner at 17. After high school, Dana moved to New York City and entered Manhattan School of Music to study classical cello and jazz trombone on double scholarships and graduated Summa Cum Laude.

Dana states that his career started when he first picked up the cello in third grade, and then the trombone a year later. “I tried to use my knowledge of both instruments to complete each other’s spectrums,” Leong says, explaining that as he progressed in his musical training, he taught himself to apply jazz techniques to the cello and classical techniques to the trombone. The study of two different instruments laid the foundation for a career that would revolve around “cross-pollination” between different instruments and genres.

While still in high school, Leong expanded his repertoire to include pop, R&B, and electronic music, backing big-name artists such as Whitney Houston, Barry White, and Björk, when they made tour stops on the West Coast. It was the opportunity to be hired for those sorts of jobs that encouraged Leong to join the AFM. “One of my first music teachers was one of the top contractors in the Bay area, so when visiting artists needed a big brass section or big string section, I started getting those calls,” he remembers. “Basically, as soon as we were old enough to drive, my brother [who plays violin and trumpet] and I would travel around to play all sorts of shows.”

Show poster

We have the poster below in both 11″x17″ and 8.5″ x 14″ sizes.  If any business would like to have one to promote the concert, just send an email to [email protected]  If you’re within a 30 mile radius, we’ll be glad to drop some off.


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