Keyboardist Leonieke Scheuble has been named a Hammond Artist by Hammond USA, manufacturer of the Hammond Organ. (Photo shows Scheuble playing the Hammond C3 at the Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, NJ).
Three of the world’s leading jazz organists have played key roles in Scheuble’s development on the instrument. Joey DeFrancesco introduced her to his Hammond B-3 at Dizzy’s Club in February 2011. Dr. Lonnie Smith was a mentor until his recent passing. And, as a Jazz Studies major at William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ, she is currently taking private lessons from Mike LeDonne.
Scheuble was featured on the cover of the June 2021 Jersey Jazz Magazine as leader of the Generations of Jazz Trio, which also includes bassist Bill Crow and her father, drummer Nick Scheuble. In that article, she told Jersey Jazz that she “grew up hearing Lee Morgan, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, and Clifford Brown. Hard bop has a blues aspect, and I’ve always gravitated toward tunes that are bluesy.”
Also in June 2021, the Generations of Jazz Trio performed at the New Jersey Jazz Society’s Virtual Social, a performance that can be streamed in the video section of njjs.org as well as on the NJJS Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Upcoming performances for Scheuble include: Generations of Jazz Trio, September 7 at Shanghai Jazz in Madison, NJ; Hard Bop/Soul Jazz Quintet on September 15 at the Kearny Library, Kearny, NJ; and the Leonieke Scheuble Piano Trio on September 18 at Van Gogh’s Ear in Union, NJ, and November19 at the Morris County Library in Whippany, NJ.