Come check out The Michael Leonhart Orchestra (MLO) live!

next show November 9th 9pm at Rockwood Music Hall 196 Allen St.



Blue Note Records announces the August 5th release of Nels Cline's epic double album "Lovers", arranged and conducted by Michael Leonhart.

Michael directed Meryl Streep in the studio and composed the music over which she read  poems by India’s 4-time Nobel Prize for Literature nominee, Faiz Ahmad Faiz.  Michael served as musical director and arranger on the “Song of Lahore” album featuring the incredible Sachal Ensemble from Pakistan. Other guests include Wynton Marsalis, Sean Lennon,  Nels Cline, Cibo Matto, Bilal, Seu Jorge, Madeleine Peyroux, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks. and Jim James. Album out May 20th on Decca/Universal.

Michael is featured on Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" which won two 2016 Grammys: Record of the Year & Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.


Tickets for Nels Cline: Music from Lovers (arranged and conducted by Michael Leonhart) live at the Newport Jazz Festival now available. Sunday July 31, 2016 main stage


"Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein", produced by Michael Leonhart and Karrin was nominated for Best Jazz Vocal Album of the Year for the 2016 Grammys. The album is out on Motema Music and features Kenny Barron (piano) & John Patitucci (acoustic bass).

Summer 2016 will also see the double-vinyl release of Nels Cline's mood album "Lovers" (arranged and conducted by Michael Leonhart featuring 21-piece orchestra).

Michael has been at work composing songs for his 8th solo album release. Stay tuned for more news. 


You can hear Michael's horns and orchestrations on the Mark Ronson/Geoff Zanelli score for "Mortdecai" starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow & Ewan McGregor. Also featured on the score are the Dapkings.  

Mortdecai film poster

 4 recent albums produced by Michael:

"Slow Motion Miracles" by SACHAL (Sony/Okeh)


"Mexican Dust" by MOSQUITOS click here



Watch Michael perform with MUSE on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE along with the DAP-KINGS HORNS.

Michael is featured playing trumpet on Cibo Matto's "DEJA VU" from their new album "Hotel Valentine" on Chimera Records. Playing trombone is Aaron Johnson who performed with Michael Leonhart & the Avramina 7 live and on the "Seahorse & the Storyteller" album.

Official video directed by Jean Claude Billmaier

 Hear Michael's horn arrangements and orchestrations from the 2013 DAVID BYRNE & ST. VINCENT "LOVE THIS GIANT" tour.

Free download of the "BRASS TACTICS EP" available here at

 David Byrne & St. Vincent

 Michael appears with YOKO ONO & THE PLASTIC ONO BAND on Yoko's new album, "TAKE ME TO THE LAND OF HELL" available now.

Yoko Ono

 Donald Fagen's long-awaited fourth solo album, Sunken Condos was released October 2012 on Reprise records.  Produced by Michael Leonhart and Donald Fagen.