Pippi Ardennia & Daniel L. Leahy’s Music
We are both 66 years young and our life mantra is,
“'It's Never To Late, to be in Love, to Dream, to Create, to
Change, to Transform your world and
Be Your desired Possibilities”
“Daniel and Pippi believe their music has the power to transform the listeners by given them a new perspective and presenting the option they have and always have had the power within them.”
Who is Pippi Ardennia?
Praised by JazzPolice.com for her “big, soulful voice,” and
Soulful. Seductive. Bluesy. Funky. Slinky. Swinging. Sensual.
No, these are not the many voices of Pippi Ardennia -- these
terms describe the singular voice of a singer/storyteller who
brings it all together… package, in each song, from one
heart… music that "makes you feel." - Andrea Canter,
Fleetwood Mac organist Ricky Peterson insisting,
“She will knock you out!
A Chicago native who has been singing since she was 13
years old and for more than 35 years, Ardennia has
performed at many of Chicagos most respected jazz clubs,
among them Burning Spear, Mr. Kelly, Rosebud on Rush,
Green Dolphin, and the Chicago Symphony Center.
Since moving to Minnesota, Pippi has appeared at the Dakota Jazz Club, a Twin Cities Jazz Festival favorite for 8 years and has co-produced and starred in the highly acclaimed concert series at the Historic Landmark Center PipJazz Sunday’s. She has also performed for such notables as Bill Clinton, Tony Bennett, and Liza Minnelli and performed alongside Freddie Hubbard, George Freeman, and Billy Branch, while the Minnesota Women's Press staff named her a “Changemaker” for her leadership of the PipJazz Foundation, the student-oriented not-for-profit and her Woman in Jazz concerts and workshops founded by
Ardennia. With Peterson lauding her “unique style that has
subtle hints of Carmen McRae and Billie Holiday,”
Ardennia is known for her Black Coffee CD released in 2005
and while in Minnesota, released Love So Good in 2013,
which features a wide assortment of jazz and soul covers in
addition to the artist's original compositions. In addition to her singing career, Pippi does concert production and music education with her PipJazz Foundation/Youth program. Pippi heads the PipJazz Women in Jazz Workshop, bringing together area women who are performers and educators with area girls and women who are studying jazz in their middle schools, high schools and college programs. The workshop was recently recognized by Women's Press Magazine, which named Pippi a 2013 "Changemaker."
“Pippi is a cross between Cassandra Wilson and a
hurricane!" - Andre Fischer (Grammy Award winning
producer) "The first time I met Pippi I knew I was in for a treat, then when I heard her sing, I nearly dropped. She has her own unique style that has subtle hints of Carmen McRae
and Billy Holiday. She will knock you out." - Ricky
Who is Daniel L. Leahy?
A composer, pianist, vocalist, inspirational
speaker, and founder of Jazz in the Schools Program.
Daniel started playing music at the early age of 4 years old
when it was discovered that he was able to play the exact
song note for note that he heard the organist play at church
one Sunday morning. Growing up in a large family he had
the pleasure of listening to his nine siblings play and sings
those old jazz standard records. It was great ear training for him to play along with those recordings. Daniel fell in love with the beautiful language of jazz by the time he was 13. At that time he was already playing in local nightclubs with his sister Elizabeth’s band, The Castaways. It wasn't long before Daniel started touring the country with such notables as Donnie Sanders and Cheri St. James, Steve Grimm and Coleen Raye, a Florida group called Cloud Burst, and many more. During these early years Daniel had the opportunity to perform for The Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, at the Sahara Las Vegas casino with the Ohio based Christian Brothers.
Daniel performed two European tours with the intercontinental Ambassador of Peace and vocalist Mr. Joe Carter. While living in Nashville Leahy had worked with many artists including the RCA recording artist Buck Finley. While being on the roster of numerous jazz festivals Leahy has played with great performers such as:
Louie Benson, Clark-Mumbles Terry, Hampton Hawes, and James Morrison. Daniel has studied piano voicings with word renowned jazz pianist such as benny Green and Tamir Hendelman. For Daniel classical jazz artist such as Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones, Nat Cole, and Joe Sample have been his biggest stylistic influences. Within these influences Leahy's created his own unique style which is why he is so versatile. He combines his clarity of notes with his distinct love for harmonies giving glimpse of George Shearing and other great composers/pianist like Sergio Mendez, Paul Williams, Marvin Hamlisch, and Burt Bacharach of days gone by.