LEON MITCHELL -  RESUME
1436 North 25th Street Philadelphia, PA 19121
Voice Phone: (215) 763-2819         FAX (215) 765-7576
E:mail: LeonMit@comcast.net


SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
Member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local No. 77
A Union Musician Since 1951

 
Conductor & Theatre House Leader: Assistant Conductor, 434th Army Concert Band (1958-1959). House Band Leader, Chief Arranger, State Theatre (1963). Assistant Conductor, Chief Arranger, Uptown Theatre (1964-1967). House Band Leader, Chief Arranger, Uptown Theatre (1967-1974). Assistant Conductor, Chief Arranger, Philadelphia Legends of Jazz Orchestra (1992-1993). Musical Director, Chief Arranger, Philadelphia Legends of Jazz Orchestra (1993-present). 
Contractor for Musicians: Authorized to withhold taxes by Employer No. 23-1679050. Contracted local musicians for many traveling acts playing the Philadelphia area including Isaac Hayes, Barry White, The Spinners, Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Lou Rawls, Chubby Checker, etc. Contractor for Jimmy Walker, Sherjam Concerts, and Georgie Woods Productions (1965-1985).
Composer & Musical Arranger: Jazz Compositions or arrangements for Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Max Roach, Stanley Turrentine, Betty Carter, Cullen Knight Sextet, Trombones, Inc., The Philadelphia Legends of Jazz Orchestra, etc. (1956-present). Commercial recording arrangements for The Four Tops, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Fantastic Johnny C, Evelyn "Champagne" King, The Dramatics, Curtis Mayfield, Billy Paul, Dee Dee Sharp, The First Choice, Barbara Mason, Five Special and Linda Clifford. Stage arrangements for The Three Degrees, "Cat" Anderson, The Stylistics, Stevie Wonder, Billy Paul, many Uptown Theatre acts, The Philadelphia Legends of Jazz Orchestra (1960-present).
Lead Sheet Writer & Music Copyist: Consulting services and production of lead sheets for publishing and recording companies and professional and amateur songwriters (1955-present).
Saxophone & Piano Player: Played in all kinds of bands on sax or piano (1951-present). Uptown Theatre (1959-1974). Piano player with many tour bands: M.F.S.B. (under Dexter Wansel and Don Renaldo), Vince Montana's Salsoul Orchestra, Redd Foxx Orchestra, Jerry Butler Orchestra, etc. (1965-1981).
Arranging Teacher & Vocal Coach: Arranging students include Thom Bell, Donny Hathaway, Norman Harris, Bobby Eli and many others. Coached many singers over the years (best known, Billy Paul, Ms. Evelyn Simms, and Ms. Ella Gahnt) (1960-present).
Personal Manager: Billy Paul (1961-1964). Instruments and Voices - classy pop/jazz ensemble (1981-1986). Ms. Ella Gahnt - pop/jazz vocalist (1981-present).
A & R Director: Blue Note Records, New York City (1961). Inner Fire Entertainment Group, LLC of Philadelphia, PA (2002-present).
Talent Show Coordinator & Judge: Coordinated talent shows at The State Theatre (1963) and The Uptown Theatre (1966-1969 and 1971-1975). Directed all rehearsals and led Jerry Butler's traveling bands in talent shows at Apollo Theatre, New York City; Howard Theatre, Washington, DC; and the Royal Theatre, Baltimore, MD (1967, 1968, 1969). Talent Show Judge - Nu-tec Uptown (1986), Phila. High School Band Competition (1988), and Africamericas Festival (1990).

EDUCATION:
                 Robert Morris Elementary School (1940-1947)
                 Vaux Junior High School (1947-1948)
                 Northeast High School - Honor student (1948-1951)

MUSICAL EDUCATION:
                 Wurlitzer School of Music - Alto Saxophone (1947-1949)
                 Combs College of Music, Romeo Cascarino - Harmony, Theory, Composition
                 and Arranging (1953-1955)
                 Bill Massey - Big Band Arranging (1956-1957)
                 Jimmy Heath - Jazz (1957)
                 U.S. Army Band Training School (1957)
                 U.S. Army W.O. Vittore Primo, Conductor Training (1958-1959)

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS:
                 Partner with Morris Bailey, Jr. in Sharsnock Music Co., Inc. (Music Publishing Firm)
                    1965-1990). Sole Proprietor of Leo Medea Popular Songs (Music Publishing Firm)
                    1982-present). Co-owner Inner Fire Entertainment Group, LLC (2002-present).

                 Owner and Operator of Full Service, One-man Offset and Letterpress Printing
                    Company, Specializing in Entertainment Business Printing. Involved in Training
                    North Philadelphia Kids in Graphic Arts Skills (1966-1991).

                 Stage Manager for Sherjam Concerts & TraneStop Resource Institute, Inc. (1978-
                    present).

                 Sound Reinforcement for Instruments & Voices, The Big Bone Band, and several
                    others (1979-present).

                 Electronic Technician - Correspondence course - Cleveland Institute of Electronics
                    (1978-1979). Repairs on all kinds of electronics (1989-present).

                 Electronic Synthesizer Recording Studio Co-owner/Operator and MIDI Sequencer
                    Engineer, Golden Pyramid Studios (1987-present).

                 Board Member and Fund-raising Chairman, Unity Community Center of South
                    Jersey, Camden, NJ, a Non-profit 501(c)3 Organization (1989-present).

                 Board Member and Consultant, TraneStop Resource Institute, Inc., Philadelphia, PA,
                    a Non-profit 501(c)3 Organization (November 1997-present).

                 Columnist, "The Jazz Corner" for The Showcase Newspaper, Philadelphia, PA.
                    (1997-2002).

                 Webmaster - Philadelphia Legends of Jazz Orchestra's Bop-Site on the Internet at
                    http://www.phillylegendsofjazz.com (1999-present).

                 Webmaster - "Jazz Events In Philly," Philadelphia's premier Website listing all
                    the Philly Jazz you can eat at http://www.jazzeventsinphilly.com (1999-present).

                 Music Teacher, Phila. Clef Club of Jazz Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
                    Original Course "Solving Syncopation" (1999-present)

 

References submitted upon request.

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