Leslie Maclean , pianist, composer, vocalist and teacher, has been a professional
musician since the age of 13. While in college, Leslie worked extensively with free jazz
proponent Muhul Richard Abrams. Her imaginative and artistic performance at the
Midwest Intercollegiate Jazz Festival won her the esteemed American Music Foundation
Award, granted to the single outstanding instrumental soloist at the event. Leslie was
deemed “the best” by judging panelist Marian McPartland, who presented the award.

She opened for jazz legend Stan Kenton, and has appeared at many top Chicago jazz

clubs and on television and radio. Leslie has also performed with guitarist Mundell Lowe
and drummer Roy Burns. She cites as one of her main influences the music of the Big
Bands, and enjoys bringing the ensemble-style articulations of the big band sound into
her playing and her arrangements.

Her piano style also owes much to her background in classical music and displays a

satisfying depth of touch and sensitivity to the piano keyboard. Leslie’s original tunes
reflect her wide-ranging musical interests and run the gamut from straight-ahead swing
and well-crafted ballads to driving Latin rhythms and jazz fusion.

Maclean earned a Master of Music in piano performance at the Chicago Musical College of

Roosevelt University.

Website Builder