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Leon Pendarvis
Leon (*1945 in South Carolina) is a keyboard player and an occasional guitarist. The young Leon graduated from climbing up on the bench to hit the keys to being taught by his mother, a pianist. He also learned to play trumpet and saxophone and was a bass player when he came to New York.
 
He has worked with Bonnie Raitt, Van McCoy, Barbra Streisand, Eric Clapton, Don Johnson, Avril Lavigne, Alan Rubin, and many more. He was at one time a member of the group Passion. He is also the musical director and conductor for NBC's Saturday Night Live (SNL) Band. Since 1986 he has been a member of The Blues Brothers band. By 2014, he had been with the Saturday Night Live Band, playing keyboards for 30 years and was the longest serving member with the outfit.
 
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Discography
Funky Snakefoot
Blue Note BN-LA222-G
released 1974

Alphonze Mouzon, drums, piano, organ, synthesizer, vocals
Andy Gadsden, sax
Barry Rogers, trombone
Randy Brecker, trumpet
Richie Resnicoff, guitar
Mark Harowitz, pedal stelle guitar, banjo
Leon Pendarvis, piano, organ
Mike Mandel, piano
Harry Whitaker, piano
Harry Whitaker, clavinet
Gary King, bass
Ray Armando, congas, bongos
Angel Allende, percussion
Steve Berrios, percussion
Sweet Soul Music
MCA Records MCA-494
released 1975

Tracy Nelson, guitar, keyboards, vocals
Harrison Calloway jr., horn
Ronnie Eades, horn
Charles Rose, horn
Harvey Thompson, horn
Ron Cornelius, guitar
Pete Drake, guitar
Reggie Young, guitar
Johnny Gimble, fiddle, guitar, violin
Leon Pendarvis, keyboards, organ, piano
Richard Tee, keyboards, organ, piano Bob Babbitt, bass
Willie Hall, drums
Estelle Brown, vocals
Gerald Garrett, vocals
Sylvia Shemwell, vocals
Myrna Smith, vocals
Short Trip To Space
Marlin MARLIN 2204
released 1977

John Tropea, guitar
David Spinozza, guitar
George Young, reeds
Lew Del Gatto, reeds
Lou Marini, reeds
Michael Brecker, reeds
Dave Taylor, trombone
Sam Burtis, trombone
Alan Rubin, trumpet
Jon Faddis, trumpet
Randy Brecker, trumpet
Tony Price, tuba
Don Grolnick, keyboards
Leon Pendarvis, organ
Mike Mainieri, vibes
Richard Davis, bass
Will Lee, bass
Rick Marotta, drums
Steve Gadd, drums
Ralph MacDonald, percussion
Rubens Bassini, percussion
Another Hand
Elektra Musician 7559-61088-2
recorded in Astoria, NY and New York City/USA
released 1991

David Sanborn, alto sax
Lenny Pickett, tenor sax
Art Baron, trombone, bass trombone
Lenny Pickett, clarinet, bass clarinet
Marcus Miller, bass guitar
Bill Frisell, guitar
Dave Tronzo, guitar
Marc Ribot, guitar
Leon Pendarvis, organ
Mulgrew Miller, piano
Terry Adams, piano
Greg Cohen, bass
Bass - Charlie Haden, bass
Greg Cohen, bass
Jack DeJohnette, drums
Joey Baron, drums
Steve Jordan, drums
Don Alias, percussion
Syd Straw, vocals
Red, White & Blues
Turnstyle Records 14206-2
released 1992

Matt "Guitar" Murphy, guitar
Steve Cropper, guitar
Georg Wadenius, guitar
"Blue Lou" Marini, sax
Birch "Slide" Johnson, trombone
Alan "Mr. Fabulous" Rubin, trumpet
Leon Pendarvis, keyboards, vocals
Elwood Blues, , harmonica, vocals
Donald "Duck" Dunn, bass
Steve Potts, drums
Danny Gottlieb, drums, percussion
Larry "T" Thurston, vocals
Eddie Floyd, vocals
Bop 'N' Blues
Kokopelli Records KOKO 1302
recorded november/december 1994 in Dallas, TX/USA

Cornell Dupree, guitar
Bobby Watson, sax
Ronnie Cuber, baritone sax
Terell Stafford, trumpet
Leon Pendarvis, piano, Hammond B3 organ
Chuck Rainey, bass
Ricky Sebastian, drums
Sammy Figueroa, percussion
Colors
Warner Bros. 9 46809-2

Kirk Whalum, tenor sax, keyboards
Justo Almario, soprano sax
Gerald Albright, alto sax, bass
Chris Rodriguez, guitar
Paul Jackson jr., guitar
Dwight Sills, guitar
Mark Baldwin, guitar
Nick Moroch, guitar
Leon Pendarvis, Hammond organ
Bill Cantos, keyboards
Philippe Saisse, keyboards
Dan Shea, keyboards
Stuart Duncan, mandolin, violin
Chris Minh Doky, bass
Abraham Laboriel sr., bass
Tommy Simms, bass
Dwayne Smith, bass
Ronald Jenkins, bass
Chester Thompson, drums
Bill Maxwell, drums
Luis Conte, percussion
Lynn Fiddmont, vocals
Howard Hewett, vocals
Curtis King, vocals
Alison Krauss, vocals
Michael McDonald, vocals
Vaneese Thomas, vocals
Kevin Whalum, vocals
Out Of The Blue
Atlantic 92819-2

Jeff Golub, guitar
Marc Antoine, guitar
Kirk Whalum, sax
Tim Reis, sax
Richie Flores, horn, percussion
Jim Biggins, flute
David Woodford, flute, sax
Rick Braun, flugelhorn, trumpet
Jim Hynes, flugelhorn, trumpet
Jeff Levine, Hammond organ
Leon Pendarvis, Hammond organ
Ricky Peterson, Hammond organ
Kenny White, piano, Wurlitzer
Philippe Saisse, keyboards, percussion
Lincoln Goines, bass
Neil Jason, bass
Tony Levin, bass
Steve Ferrone, drums
Shawn Pelton, drums
Steve Barbuto, drums
Roger Squitero, percussion
James 'D-Train' Williams, vocals
Kevin Michael
Downtown 243580-2
recorded in various locations
Kevin Michael, vocals
Petter Winnberg, horn
Mike Hartnett, guitar
Robert Taylor, guitar
Junius Bervine, keyboards
Keith 'Lil Wonda' Duplessis, keyboards
Sedeck Jean, keyboards
Leon Pendarvis, organ
Antoine Silverman, violin
Paul Woodiel, violin
Maxim Moston, violin
Martha Mooke, viola
Garo Yellin, cello
Jack Daly, bass
Henrik Jonback, bass, guitar
Claudette Ortiz, vocals
Untitled
DV8 Records 31454 0742-2


Billy Porter, vocals
David Spinozza, guitar
Chris Taylor, guitar
Leon Pendarvis, organ
Peter Zizzo, piano, strings, synthesizer, guitar
Gary Haase, bass
Buddy Williams, drums
Bashiri Johnson, percussion
The Last Shade Of Blue Before Black
Severn Records Severn CD 0071
recorded in Hoboken, NY/USA

Baron Raymonde, alto sax
Tom Malone, baritone sax, trumpet
Lou Marini, clarinet, baritone sax
Larry Farrell, trombone
Birch Johnson, trombone
Steve Howard, trumpet
Rusty Cloud, clavinet, organ, piano, vocals
Steve Cropper, guitar
David Spinozza, guitar
John Tropea, guitar
Dr. John, piano, vocals
Leon Pendarvis, organ
Rob Paparozzi, bass harmonica, harmonica, harp, vocals
Tommy McDonnell, harmonica, vocals
Eric Udel, bass
Lee Finkelstein, drums
Eddie Floyd, vocals
Bobby Harden, vocals
Joe Morton, vocals
Paul Shaffer, vocals
Joe Louis Walker, vocals
Tommy 'Pipes' McDonnell, vocals

 
Videos
Blues Brothers Band: Live At Montreux 1989
recorded 12 july 1989 live at the Montreux Jazz Festival/Switzerland
Steve Cropper, guitar
Donald Dunn, bass
Eddie Floyd, vocals
Danny Gottlieb, drums
Tom Malone, trombone
Lou Marini, sax
Matt Murphy, guitar
Leon Pendarvis, organ
Alan Rubin, trumpet
Larry Thurston, vocals

 
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