Kenny and I have released six albums together from 2008 – 2016.
Hearts – 2008
I’ve Dreamed of You – 2008
You and the Night and the Music – 2009
April in Paris – 2009
All About Love – 2011
An Offering – A Gift from Leah – 2016.
Kenny and I are very grateful to Frank DeAngelo and Valerie Morrison for suggesting that we record Hearts. I changed some of the words and contacted Joseph Buchwald, Marty Balin’s father/mgr. for permission. “Use the song as you wish” was his response. Many thanks to Marty Balin for performing a song that has touched the hearts of so many people… Having the opportunity to sing this beautiful classic in honor of my boys, J.B. and Brandon and those of us around the world who have lost loved ones, is a gift I will always cherish. I. am truly blessed…
Kenny and I were performing in a well-known restaurant on Long Boat Key called Euphemia Haye. One of their patrons suggested I check out Mariza, an amazing Fado singer. Since I first heard Mariza I was hooked and worked tirelessly to learn this passionate music. This was the beginning of an adventure that led Kenny and I to Lisbon, Portugal to La Taverna, the Alfama District Club where Mariza got her start. After being coaxed, I received a standing ovation from the international audience and all of the excellent Fado singers who preceded me. Joel Freedman shot a video of us performing “Malmequer” you can view on our video page.
Kenny chose “Harlem Nocturne” to play and one of his favorite instrumentals “Body And Soul.” He has a god given gift with whatever instrument he plays. The tenor sax is his favorite and it shows every time he picks up his horn!
John H. McCoy: Executive Producer
Richard Drexler: Music Director, Keyboards, Bass
Kenny Soderblom: Tenor Saxophone
Dean Miller: Guitar, Caruso and Malmequer
Tom Morris Owner, Morrisound Recording, Recording and Mastering Engineer, Pro Tools
Howard Helm Midi Engineer, Logic Pro
Paulinho Garcia: Liner Notes
When I received a copy of the new Kenny and Leah recording the first thing I noticed was the photograph and the title of the recording “Hearts.”
Their love is transparent. It is two souls within one heart. “Hearts” is composed of 11 standards sung in Spanish, French, Italian and English. I’m sure it will evoke many good memories, especially in the beautiful way they are executed.
Leah is more than a vocalist. She transfers from the hands of the poet to her heart the meaning of the lyrics as if she had written them herself. Beginning with “Besame Mucho'” the famous Spanish language song written in 1940 by Mexican Consuelo Velazquez and “Autumn Leaves,” or “Les Feuilles Mortes,” a French song written in 1945 by Joseph Kosmo and Jacques Prevert with English words by Johnny Mercer. Leah lives every word she sings, always followed by the perfect compliment of Kenny;s saxophone lines; a perfect marriage indeed.
The variety of song styles was nicely conceived and includes a Portuguese Fado “Malmequer,” the 1938 Rodger’s and Hart show tune, “This Can’t Be Love, “Caruso,” written in 1986 by Lucio Dalla and dedicated to tenor Enrico Caruso, the famous folk song “Danny Boy,” and two great original classics The Wizard of Oz gem,”Over The Rainbow” and the 1995 Oscar winner for best original song “Colors of the Wind” from the Disney movie Pocahontas.
Kenny’s wonderful saxophone playing is featured in two jazz classics, the popular 1930 “Body and Soul” and the 1940 rhythm and blues standard “Harlem Nocturne.” Whether as a complement to the vocal tracks or as a soloist , Kenny’s mastery and musicality are present at it’s best. Here is a veteran jazz musician that has his place secured among the best the country has ever produced.
Kenny and Leah are backed by the talented pianist and arranger, Richard Drexler, who tastefully laid down the accompaniment to complete this heart felt recording.
No matter where you hear it, in your living room, your car, etc. it will delight the listener as it did me.
Paulinho, we love the way you write Our Hearts are one with yours. I would also like to thank my vocal coach Brett Manning. He has enhanced my creativity and vocal ability. Brett, thank you for believing in me… A very special thank you to Rie Anderson, Ginny Chappelear and my spiritual masters. With daily meditation I am experiencing peace and serenity. All my love to my Dad, John H. McCoy and my wonderfully talented husband, Kenny, for his love and support, whom I adore!
“Leah is artistic. Effortless tone quality, timeless sound. One of the most versatile singers I’ve heard.” – Brett Manning, Vocal Coach to the Stars, Nashville, TN
“Bea and I truly love Kenny and Leah’s version of “Hearts.” A superb interpretation of this wonderful classic. Leah’s voice fits this choice of music perfectly and together Kenny and Leah set the mood. Kenny’s playing is superb as usual. Listening to this beautiful music reminds me that Kenny Soderblom is probably the best saxophone player that I have ever recorded.” – Bruce Swedien, 5 time Grammy Winner, Producer, Sound Engineer for Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, etc.
Kenny and I would like to thank:The genius of Richard Drexler – the musical glue that held it all together. Mr. Midi, Howard Helm, Logic Pro’d us into heretofore uncharted territory. Thanks to Tom Morris for his “ears,” patience and expertise with Sean at his side double checking everything while Ryan was keeping the office together during our many hours of recording.
“I’ve Dreamed of You”
Ken Demme made a wonderful film of our wedding reception. The background music he selected was superb, with the highlight being Barbra Streisand’s performance of Ann Hampton Calloway’s breathtaking song, “I’ve Dreamed of You.” I was so impressed with the song and Barbra’s performance that I couldn’t wait to record it.Thus the title of this CD was born.
As frosting on the cake, Gordon M. Gibson, CCO Somerset Entertainment. Ltd., graciously gave me permission to use the nature sounds from his Windsong CD.
Kenny and I began preparing songs we wanted to include. Longtime friend of Kenny’s Bruce Swedien suggested I sing “Save Your Love For Me.” After listening to Nancy Wilson’s interpretation I decided to include this on our album “I’ve Dreamed of You.” Kenny’s version of “What A Wonderful World on tenor saxophone will leave you wanting more. “When You Wish Upon A Star,” is another great ballad I fell in love with. I was honored to be singing this with my husband Kenny. The tone he sings into his horn is one that will melt your heart.
“La Vie En Rose” I chose to record in French and had a french tutor Yves Hamard who helped me with the pronunciation.
Marge Wooton asked me to learn “Malaguena Salerosa,” a Spanish ballad that is quite difficult and filled with emotion. I took the plunge choosing to sing this in Spanish. The english translation speaks of a love of a beautiful girl who is truly magical, as the naivety of a rose.
I do not offer you wealth
I offer you my heart In exchange for my poverty.
I treasure the memories I have from this passionate Spanish Ballad.
Kenny’s Liner Notes
Leah’s musical growth has been short of astonishing. Her ability to move from the smoky torch song “Save Your Love For Me,” Nancy Wilson’s huge hit; to Malaguena Salerosa the passionate classic Spanish love song; to a jazz version of George Gershwin’s S’Wonderful; to the elegant “When You Wish Upon A star,” is remarkable.
Leah, I love the way you sing and I love you… Kenny
Wow What a great title. “I’ve Dreamed of You.” A true love thought if ever there was one…
When Kenny and Leah asked me for a song suggestion for their new album, I immediately thought of “Save Your Love For me.” Great song…
Wow! Did they do a fabulous job on this wonderful piece!
I am very proud of Leah’s fantastic vocal… (Actually she sounds great on the whole album!)
Bruce Swedien, 5 time Grammy Winner, Producer, Sound Engineer for Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, etc.
“Kenny you always take care of business and it’s great you and Leah are doing your thing together!” – Quincy Jones
John H. McCoy, Executive Producer
Richard Drexler, Music Director, Keyboards, Bass
Leah McCoy Soderblom, Vocals
Kenny Soderblom – Producer,Tenor Saxophone
Tom Morris Owner, Morrisound Recording, Recording and Mastering Engineer, Pro Tools
Howard Helm Midi Engineer, Logic Pro
Recorded at Morrisound Recording
Mixed at Morrisound,Tampa, Florida
Robert Winslow Arranger, “Malaguena Salerosa
Cover and Back Photo’s – Vibeka Saetre
Nature Sounds for “I’ve Dreamed of You” courtesy of Solitudes (www.solitudes.com)
You and the Night and the Music
An Homage to the Great Jazz Standards
Longboat Key, FL, (August 6th, 2009) – You and the Night and the Music, a new album release from jazz musical artists Kenny & Leah, is an homage to great American jazz standards. Among the twelve favorites, with the sensuous, playful vocals of Leah Soderblom and Kenny Soderblom’s polished, fluid jazz saxophone are Cole Porter’s immortal classic and breezy Let’s Fall in Love, Burt Bacharach’s alluring favorite The Look of Love, and the easy going romantic touch of Dancing In the Dark by the great songwriting team of Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz.
Kenny & Leah have received critical acclaim from the media and music industry professionals:
“Touching and tender, powerful and poignant. Part of Leah’s appeal is her considerable talent…the rest (comes) from a genuine regard for her audience. She connects! too bad there is not a Grammy for heart and soul. She would surely scoop it up. It has been said that Leah sets songs ablaze, stirs hearts, enlivens memories and quiets souls…” – The Tampa Tribune
“ Leah is artistic. Effortless tone quality, timeless sound. One of the most versatile singers I’ve heard” – Brett Manning- Vocal Coach to the Stars, Nashville, TN
“ Exhilarating performance, Leah” – The Florida Orchestra
“ Beautiful, beautiful voice, Leah…” – Anne Akiko Meyers
“En Francais Leah a est superb” – Dan Price, multilingual voice over artist
“I love the way Kenny plays behind me” – Rosemary Clooney
“In Chicago Kenny was my man” – Tony Bennett
“Now, that’s a Tenor Player” – Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis
“Kenny’s playing is superb as usual. Listening to this beautiful music reminds me that Kenny Soderblom is probably the best saxophone player that I have every recorded.” – Bruce Swedien — Five time Grammy winner, Sound Engineer for Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson
“I knew you guys were great but you’ve far exceeded my expectations!” – Bryan Townsend, Cruise Director Regent Seven Seas Cruise Lines
“Leah and I have a great love and respect for the great jazz standards,” says Kenny Soderblom. “You and The Night and The Music is a tribute to the great lyricists and composers who created these timeless musical masterpieces that have become part of the Great American Songbook.”
Kenny & Leah regularly perform their special brand of music at cabaret venues and private functions around the country as well as guest appearances for select audiences aboard Crystal and Regent Cruise Lines. From her beginnings as a classically trained mezzo soprano, singing fluently in six languages, Leah has flowered into a multi-ranged performer equally comfortable singing jazz standards, Broadway treasures, Torch songs, Brazilian classics as well as the passionate sounds of Fado. She received a standing ovation in Lisbon, Portugal singing Portuguese Fado before an International audience in 2007.
During the 1980’s Leah performed on several luxury liners, among which was the elegant Fiffanella. Leah has recorded with Brazilian guitarist/singer Paulinho Garcia, performed with world renowned Jazz Steel Drummer Othello Mollineaux, and noted jazz pianists, Kenny Drew, Jr., Richard Drexler and Judy Roberts, to name a few. An actress, singer and dancer, Leah has also modeled internationally, performed with symphony orchestras, big bands (including Lawrence Welk and the Guy Lombardo Orchestra) and has sung at many jazz festivals. She continues to push the envelope and has added sign language to her repertoire.
Kenny Soderblom, an accomplished saxophonist, bandleader and producer, has enjoyed a multifaceted career, contracting and performing with orchestras accompanying Frank Sinatra, Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, Rosemary Clooney, Peggy Lee, Lena Horne, Julie Andrews, Burt Bacharach, Benny Goodman, Mel Torme, Henry Mancini, Steve and Eydie, Louis Bellson, Oliver Nelson, Ken Nordine, Jaco Pastorius, Bobby Rosengarden (Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jerry Lewis Telethons), Dick Hyman (92nd Street Y in New York,) TV show in Chicago with Tom Waits, and many others. Other career highlights include soloing with Sarah Vaughan and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and performances on a 9 country international jazz festival tour with Gerry Mulligan. Kenny’s professional background includes 8 years with the CBS/Chicago Staff Orchestra, Music Director, Chicago Theater, Associate Music Director, Magic Mountain opening season in Los Angeles, contractor of musicians for name acts, Ravinia Festival, as well as performing on thousands of TV and radio commercials working as a free-lance musician.
All of Kenny & Leah’s recordings on You and The Night and The Music are backed by the talented pianist and arranger, Richard Drexler and world reknowned drummer Harold Jones.
April in Paris
Staying Brazilian, Leah pours it on with her version of Jobimʼs gem Caminhos Cruzados. In Italian Leah double times Burton Laneʼs On A Clear Day, a clear winner. Kennyʼs laid back, dreamy saxophone compliments perfectly the lovely melody of Cole Porterʼs Dream Dancing, first elegantized by the timeless Fred Astaire. Leahʼs performance on Ivan Linsʼ sensuous ballad,The Island sung passionately in both English and Portuguese makes one want to, well…
April In Paris, a new album release from jazz musical artists Kenny & Leah presents refreshing new treatments of a collection of timeless classics. Opening with strong performances on April In Paris and You Stepped Out Of A Dream, sung in English and Spanish, Leah oozes passion on Michel Legrandʼs How Do You Keep The Music Playing with Kennyʼs sensitive playing ever present. Moon River, Never Never Land and That Old Black Magic keep the momentum going, followed by Kennyʼs hard swinging saxophone on Luis Bonfaʼs Menina Flor. Staying Brazilian, Leah pours it on with her version of Jobimʼs gem Caminhos Cruzados. In Italian Leah double times Burton Laneʼs On A Clear Day, a clear winner. Kennyʼs laid back, dreamy saxophone compliments perfectly the lovely melody of Cole Porterʼs Dream Dancing, first elegantized by the timeless Fred Astaire. Leahʼs performance on Ivan Linsʼ sensuous ballad,The Island sung passionately in both English and Portuguese makes one want to, well…
Kenny & Leah.“You sound wonderful,” Thank you for sharing this with us. – Marilyn & Alan Bergman
All About Love
“All About Love” comes from our hearts beating as one. With the sensitivity of our brilliant music director, John Oddo and phenomenally talented musicians, he has written arrangements that flow with romantic flair. Kenny and I invite you into our world of love and romance as we serenade you in song. We wish to thank John McCoy for making this project possible. John Oddo: We are truly blessed to have you in our lives. Many thanks to all the musicians that played on our cd. First-rate and dazzling! Jim Czak: Thank you for an incredible experience in New York. What a great engineer! Hugs to Tom Morris for his expertise and for being such a dear friend… — Kenny & Leah
“All About Love” is all about Kenny and Leah in real life. The songs are mostly about love and mostly well-known, but two of them are fine originals by Leah – “Play That Tenor Sax for Me” and “Leah’s Lullaby.” Kenny is featured instrumentally on Gershwin’s “Our Love Is Here to Stay,” and he is heard with Leah throughout, along with John Oddo’s expert piano and arrangements. Leah dazzles not only with her vocalism but her renditions in Portuguese, French and Spanish. Then, too, there is Dave Frishberg’s witty “Another Song About Paris,” an ironic point of view which sets off the sincerity and love expressed by the others.” — Dick Hyman
“Leah’s vocals are strongly complemented by Kenny’s superb saxophone work throughout the cd… His tones are rich, deep and full of that mellow quality that makes the listener know they are in the presence of a master.” — All About Jazz
“Together Kenny and Leah Soderblom know how to stoke the sizzle in romantically lit jazz with the verve of a couple whose entire being is saturated in love.” — Jazz Times
“Leah’s voice fits this choice of music perfectly and together Kenny and Leah set the mood. Kenny’s playing is superb as usual. Listening to this beautiful music reminds me that Kenny Soderblom is probably the best saxophone player that I have ever recorded.” — Bruce Swedien, 5 Time Grammy Winner, Producer, Sound Engineer for Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, etc.
“Leah handles the vocals with a warmth and romanticism and a clarity of voice that is enchanting.” — John M. Peters, The Borderland Music Watch Column in London, England
“All About Love” is all about great listening. Kenny and Leah Soderblom have given us 14 tracks of musical magic. If there’s a fan club for these talented folks count me in for a charter membership!” — Bill Miller, Host/ Nationally syndicated Bill Miller Show, Charter Member Kansas Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame
“Your both so talented. The choice of material is so wonderful. Arrangements are beautiful. Vocals are perfect. A breath of fresh air.” — Jamie Fagan, Queen of the Jingles
“I love this CD!” Lee Bradley The Golden Tenor – Awesome performer and Opera Star!
“Kenny and Leah Soderblom’s new release is “ALL ABOUT LOVE” and so it is. If you’ve ever been in love or want to be then this is your CD. The beautiful combination of both Leah’s voice and Kenny’s horn is both romantic and seductive. The Great American Song Book lives on here. I hope Kenny and Leah will continue to Play That Sax and sing love songs for all of us for many years yet to come.” — Don Wolff – I love Jazz on Loudcaster, Live 365 & HECTV
An Offering – A Gift From Leah
This project began in 2011 with the writing of these prayers and mantras. My lifetime travels thus far have been filled with emotional tragedies and now I am connecting with joyful bliss. I have chosen lyrics that touch my heart as I continue along the path. Kenny is playing soprano sax, flute and alto flute throughout… John Oddo is our musical arranger. We are blessed to be working with him. Tom Morris, our engineer at Morrisound is a godsend.
“Terri and I listened to your CD in the car while we were trekking around Maine last week. It was perfect for the drive – brilliant! Congratulations on creating such beautiful music together.” – Michael Klauber
“The soothing sounds and textures of the relaxation music is a very effective tool in the healing process.” Tidewell Grief Specialist Department