New York-based Jay Leonhart has been called "the world's wittiest bassist." While navigating a career that has included performing with artists as far-ranging as Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra and Sting, Leonhart also has been composing music and poetry for several decades. Beginning with 1983's Salamander Pie
, Jay has recorded 15 albums with songs dedicated to everything from Wonder Bras to Leonard Bernstein to how the poet Robert Frost made a living (could he go down to the country store and sell a poem, saying, "Here's a nice one I wrote about the snow"?). Leonhart's usual one-man show takes on a partner tonight in the form of pianist Josh Nelson, whose deft touch and musical attentiveness should make for a unique evening.
Fri., Aug. 8, 8 p.m., 2014