Léah Kline is an accomplished stage performer who has
enjoyed the privilege of performing in virtually every field of entertainment.
Equally at ease before an audience of 2,000 as with one of 30, she has
entertained audiences in Europe, Asia, and the US. As a singer, Léah is noted
for her personal delivery and phrasing of songs paying great respect to the
meaning of the lyrics. Particularly well received for her vivacious stage
presence and clear melodic tones, her phrasing and interpretation has earned
favorable attention from jazz fans. She currently resides in Amsterdam, where
she enjoys a full performing and teaching schedule.
An American jazz singer based in the Netherlands, Leah Kline
performs an eclectic variety of music that ranges from straight-ahead jazz to
Cabaret to original cross-genre material. She was born in Japan when her father
was stationed there in the military, but grew up in the United States. Kline
played piano, congas, and hand bells as a child. She graduated from the North
Carolina School of the Arts in 1991. She worked in the Washington D.C. area as
a singer/dancer. In 1995 she moved to
Los Angeles, performing in a wide variety of situations. A fall off a balcony
disabled her for a period, and a six-month USO tour of Europe convinced her to
become a jazz singer. Kline became part of the Los Angeles jazz community. In
2000 she moved to Amsterdam. Since then, she has performed in “There's No
Business Like Show Business” (a musical based on the life of Irving Berlin),
was part of a “tribute to Ann Burton”, worked with the Glen Miller Orchestras,
appeared in “42nd Street” and “Musicals in Ahoy”, toured with her own
“JazzCabaret” shows through Nederland, and performs as a jazz singer throughout
Europe as a guest or with her own group.
She has also co-hosted a radio show The Jazz Corner, written music
articles, and teaches at the Theater School in Amsterdam. Kline has thus far
appeared on 6 CDs: a theatrical standards album based on her Jazz Cabaret Shows
(Play ground), her original lyrics and poetry written to pianist Dirk Balthaus'
music on Juzz Flirtin. ,a blues Cd from German boogie pianist Christian
Bleiming (Boogie in my Heart), 2 cds of recognition and in 2011 on a cd with
the Benny Goodman influenced Bernard Berkhout Swing Orchestra, “Let’s Dance”.
Léah placed as finalist in the Dutch Jazz Vocalist Competition in 2005 and is
listed as one of the Top Jazz Singers in the book The Jazz Singers - the Ultimate
Guide, by LA jazz critic,Scott Yanow. Léah has written songs with Cord
Heineking, Ed Boekee, Dirk Balthaus, Joost van der Knaap, Bastiaan Woltjer, and
singer Anne Chris.
Kline is marvelously poetic and brazen in the creation of her charming lyrics - Dewezet (DE).....
She has a sparkling,
crystal-clear jazz voice with excellent timing - De Telegraaf (NL)
is the exceptionally listenable result of a rendezvous between
vocalist/lyricist Leah Kline and pianist/composer Dirk Balthaus. A meeting that
caused musical sparks.....Her
narrating qualities are impressive and inviting....In
a subtle manner she understands to seduce the listener, to captivate and
naturally claim the attention - Frank
Huser Jazz Flits (NL)
Key-words: suspense, refinement and liveliness... - Ntb
has a supple voice, phrases with ease, and can sing ballads beautifully - (KRO gids) NL
is a dynamic singer! - LA