Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
London, Amy (Amy Jane Liebschutz)
London, Amy (Amy Jane Liebschutz), singer; b. Cincinnati, OH, 15 October 1957. Her parents are David, born 1914, (deceased) and Edith Liebschutz, born 1919, (living.) Her mother's maiden name was Edith Leshner, and as a young adult in the 1940's, she performed live on the radio as a member of a four person acting ensemble, on WMOH in Hamilton, Ohio. Her brother, Gene Leshner, is a tenor saxophonist, and travelled with the Ray Anthony big band, and her other brother is a jazz DJ on WMUB at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Amy has two sisters, Patty, 50, and Linda, 51. Linda Liebschutz is an operatic mezzo-soprano, performing and recording in the San Francisco Bay area.
London has been featured on recordings along with such jazz greats as Barry Harris, Sir Roland Hanna, Frank Wess and Chris Anderson. On Broadway, Amy London was the lead singer of the Angel City Four in City of Angels, which received six Tony awards. She was also a cast member of the critically acclaimed Promises, Promises, starring Martin Short. London has also been the featured vocalist with Charles Aznavour, the Larry Elgart Orchestra, Tom Browne, the Rainbow Room Orchestra, and the Loren Schoenberg Band.
Besides the Grammy nominated City of Angels original Broadway cast album, London is on a number of other recordings, including Backyard, with Roni Ben-Hur and the Barry Harris trio, The Ancient Tower, with the New York Voices, Rock N' Radio, with Tom Browne, and the film scores of Radioland Murders, Michael Collins, Mixed Nuts, Mission to Mars, and for television, HBO's Women and Men, and Nick at Nite. London can also be heard singing the role of Hilda on the newly released The Marble Faun, by Nancy Harrow. Amy London has sung at many New York City locations, such as Lincoln Center, the Blue Note, the Supper Club, Birdland, the 92nd St. Y, La Belle Epoque, J's, Irving Plaza and Michael's Pub, among others, as well as many locations in the USA and England. She has been deeply involved in vocal jazz education, leading vocal clinics at colleges and teaching at the New School University BFA program since 1992.
London is currently the vocalist in two new projects, the El Mollenium Septet, featuring the music of the late bebop pianist, Elmo Hope, and the newly released, Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Vituosa, a video produced by Scholastic Inc., distributed throughout schools and libraries nationally.
Her husband is guitarist Roni Ben-Hur, and they have two daughters. They perform frequently together, and sometimes apart.
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Amy London, Vocalist
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