HOWARD (HUMBERTO) LÉDER
Mr Leder has produced and documented recordings and live performances with award winning and critically acclaimed master musical artists and composers since 1975.
BB King; Luther Vandross; Ron Carter; Hilton Ruiz; Geri Allen; Jon Lucien; Peter Washington;
Grady Tate; Cy Coleman: Chris Botti; Romero Lubambo; Cyro Baptista; Nilson Matta;
Bakhiti Kumalo; Anton Fig; Nana Vasconcelos; David Sanchez; Doc Powell; Horacee Arnold;
Buster Williams; Antoine Roney; Kojo Roney; George Colligan; Vic Juris; James Cammack;
Rashann Carter; Spaceman Paterson; The N.Y. Virtuosi Chamber Symphony Orchestra;
The Paul Price Percussion Ensemble; and concert pianist Joshua Pierce (Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances for Two Pianos)
Howard was 19 when he met Danny Carillo, musical director for Harry Belafonte and Hugh Masekela. Danny introduced Howard to his first professional gig playing a Farfisa organ with Latin orchestras in the South Bronx and Spanish Harlem, The music was derived from neighborhood clubs and street corners. A confluence of Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Dominican rhythms with big band and improvised jazz. He studied music theory, history, and orchestration under mentorship of Charlie Mingus’ pianist/composer Jaki Byard. Other notable teachers included Jazz Encyclopedia author Ira Gitler; electronic music composer Mario Davidovsky; Latin pianist Charlie Palmieri; music critic/author/historian, Andre Hodeir; and “third stream” creator Gunther Schuller. In 1975 he was recruited to teach music for the Boston Public Schools during that city’s school busing desegregation riots.
During his 2 years in Boston he recorded large and small ensembles for private labels, musicians and institutions. Returning to NY, he worked at Tomato Records (Albert King, John Cage, Clifton Chenier, John Cage, and Townes Van Zandt) and secured studio time at Electric Lady Studios while reconnecting with the city’s cultural scene, particularly its African, Caribbean, S. American and jazz communities.
He is the founder of World Blue Music and Penumbra Productions and Producer of the Jazz Masters series at the Friars Club in NYC featuring tributes to Tony Bennett, Robert DeNiro , Carlos Slim and many others including performances by Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Sting, The New York Latin All Stars, and Paquito D’Rivera.
Mr Léder is a Harvard University Fellow with post graduate studies at Emory University and the New England Conservatory of Music.