Jon Gilbert Leavitt s a songwriter, keyboardist, piano performer, producer and arranger who has played, recorded and performed on three continents.
Jon first arranged and performed music featured in the documentary My Dinner With Abbie (1991), featured at the Berlin and L.A. Film Festivals, and aired on PBS television; he has since composed music appearing in numerous film as well as television, stage and commercial projects. He was awardedthe John Muir Award from the Yosemite Film Festival (2009) for original music in the television series Tales from the Trail.
Jon composed music for the New York stage production Oh, Those Beautiful Weimar Girls(2008-10) and Hypnotik: The Seer Will Doctor You Now (2011) through the New Stage Theatre Company (New York) and presented at La Mama e.t.c., which received favorable reviews (including "…an evocative musical score," Off-Off Online).
His music also appears in a new web series Child of the 70’s as well as in an interactive media application German Traces.
His single Pride and its successor Pride 2009 received worldwide airplay, print mentions and garnered radio interviews. The original was named #1 Song of the Year 2000 on the Outvoice™ Top-40 Tracks Chart, and was named by "Queer Vinyl" on KPFK Los Angeles as one of the ten queer songs that "shaped our musical history." The 2009 version is accompanied by a video, which is currently being slated for North American broadcast television. Jon’s own releases include 1919 (2008) and Pride at 40 (2009).
On radio, Jon has been featured on numerous radio programs in the U.S. and Europe. In print, Jon’s been featured in Billboard, many local, regional and national publications, as well as in Ed Karvoski, Jr.’s 2002 book Award Winning Men. He is a member of Outmusic™, in which he won’Outstanding Songwriter' and was nominated for ‘Outmusician Of The Year’ in the first annualOutmusic (OMA) Awards, 2001, was a 2004 OMA nominee for Out Song (Proud and Free), and a 2009 nominee for Outstanding Producer and Outstanding Instrumental/Soundtrack Composer as well as a Stonewall Society Pride Award recipient in 2002.
Jon is a full writer member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), in which he received numerous ASCAPlu$™ awards, and a publisher member (as JGLsongs LLC).
“Garden of Delights,” the Arrabal play will be staged by the New Stage Theatre Company, featuring original music by Jon Gilbert Leavitt (JGLSongs) – Theatre for the New City, New York, NY , 2012.
From the New York stage production “Oh! Those Beautiful Weimar Girls” – New Stage Theatre Company ©2008 JGLsongs (ASCAP). Originally composed music from this production was featured on Jon Gilbert Leavitt’s CD “1919” and was nominated as a collection for 2009 Outstanding Soundtrack/Incidental Music by Outmusic, the international LGBT music organization.
“Hypnotik: The Seer Will Doctor You Now,” staged by the New Stage Theatre Company, featuring original music by Jon Gilbert Leavitt (JGLSongs) – Theatre for the New City, New York, NY , 2011. Vocals on ‘Opening Number’ by Kaylin Clinton; photos by Lee Wexler/ Images For Innovation.