Love Songs & Jazz
LOUIS LANDON began playing piano at age five. At fourteen, he quit the piano and the classical music he was studying, and began playing blues and rock & roll on the electric guitar. By listening and learning from records, his new teachers were Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and B.B. King, to name a few. Then, at age twenty, after hearing 'Light As A Feather,' by Chick Corea, Landon enrolled in Berklee College of Music, Boston to study jazz. He also switched back to piano as his main instrument. After practicing eight hours a day and jamming with several musicians around Boston, Landon met John Payne, a saxophone player, with whom he toured for three years opening for Weather Report, Tony William's 'Lifetime', Stanley Turrentine, Gary Burton, Bill Evans, and many other jazz greats. During these years, Landon provided most of the writing for the three albums that were released, two for the Arista Freedom label and one for Mercury Records. When Landon left the John Payne band, he moved to Manhattan, forming his own fusion band called Nightfire, and freelancing with other bands as well as doing studio work. In the late 70's, Landon auditioned for John Hall (from the band 'Orleans') and got the keyboard spot in his band. He toured with John Hall opening for Little Feat, as well as recording on John Hall's Power album for Columbia Records. After leaving John Hall's band, Landon began touring with Rupert 'Pina Colada' Holmes. From there, Landon began working for Ross Enterprises producing music for corporate shows, films, and videos. During the summers, Landon toured with Mikhail Baryshnikov, performing internationally. In 1986, Landon begin taking in projects outside of his work with Ross Enterprises. His first job was a three year affiliation with Paul Gilbert at the National Basketball Association to produce music for their best plays and bloopers commercials. In 1991, Landon officially opened his own music production and record company called Landon Music Company. In the year 2000, Landon became a 'soul brother' by joining Pucho and his Latin Soul Brothers on tours to Malaysia, Istanbul, Turkey, and South America, including Columbia, Ecuador, and Peru. In January, 2001, Landon produced and debuted 'The Gershwins, Cole Porter, & Me,' a one hour concert program featuring the songs by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, and Landon. The concert has now been performed over 50 times to SRO crowds throughout the tri-state area. In June, 2002, Landon produced and debuted a new concert program based on the songs of Rodger and Hart entitled, 'Rodgers and Hart & Me.' Landon also continues to performing his own music with various jazz artists in clubs and concert halls. As a recording artist, Landon has released six CD's on the LCI Record Label. 1994 was Landon's debut CD as a solo artist and was called 'Love Songs & Jazz.' With 10 original songs and one instrumental, this piano trio CD received airplay and was charted on many college radio stations across the country. In 1997 came a smooth jazz instrumental CD called Joyous Spirit. In the summer of 1999, Feel This, a four-song CD of pop music was released. In January of 2000 came Joyous Spirit 2, another smooth jazz/new age CD. In 2003 Landon released 'The Gershwins, Cole Porter, & Me', a live recording taken from two different concerts and featuring Harvie S on the bass and Richie Morales on drums. He has just released his 6th CD, entitled 'unwind', a new age solo piano CD. Louis Landon's personal mission in life is to create a more peaceful world by writing and performing music from the heart.