Biography

Among the most proficient and accomplished bassists in the field of contemporary jazz, Orlando le Fleming's virtuoso technique, boundless creativity and powerful beat are those of a musician who has found himself, humbly, occupying a space in the uppermost stratum of American improvised music. 

Orlando's facility as an improviser and capacity as a team player were first honed not on the bandstand, nor in the practice room, but on the cricket pitch. Originally from the UK, Orlando seemed destined for an athletic career, and was briefly a professional cricketer, until he was granted a place at London’s Royal Academy of music, and his lifelong passion for music won out. 

Le Fleming's 2003 move to New York City was a timely one. Soon after arriving stateside, Orlando joined Jane Monheit's band, consequently sharing the bass duties on her 2004 release Taking a Chance on Love with Ron Carter and Christian McBride; the year following, he recorded with jazz legend Jimmy Cobb on his Marsalis Music Honors release. In the years since, leaders as diverse as Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Bill Charlap, Billy Cobham, Seamus Blake, Jeff “Tain” Watts, and David Sanchez have relied on Le Fleming's firm beat and eloquent counterpoint to propel their rhythm sections forward. 

While he succeeds as a sideman, it is as a leader that Orlando le Fleming truly shines. From Brooklyn With Love is a living document of Orlando's original compositions, as performed by his 2010 quartet. Recorded in concert at storied Park Slope hangout Freddy's, it features saxophonist Will Vinson, guitarist Lage Lund, and drummer Antonio Sanchez. Riding the high acclaim of this initial release, Lund, Vinson, and Le Fleming would go on to form the drum-less OWL Trio, whose eponymous 2013 debut was hailed by critics and listeners alike. Downbeat declared “Everything about this album,which should contend for debut of the year honors,is a resounding success. The music swings effortlessly, every utterance is gorgeous and the recording is intimate and beautiful." 

More recently, Orlando has become recognized as a keen doubler: 2016 brought a wide array of opportunities as an electric bassist, from accompanying Tony- winning vocalist Leslie Odom, Jr, to navigating the shifting metrics of Wayne Krantz's legendary 55 Bar residency. His latest endeavor, Romantic Funk, presents a pastiche of classic fusion sounds and ideas, updated by Le Fleming's signature palette of polyrhythm and abstract exploration. Romantic Funk is set for a spring 2017 release 

"Orlando is easily one of the most skilled and thoughtful musicians that I have worked with." - Jeff "Tain" Watts
"Orlando has great ears, is a master of phrasing and note choice and knows exactly how to complement his musical surroundings; he's a pleasure to play with every time." - Ari Hoenig
“Orlando is a brilliant musician and one of my most favorite bassists. He has so many dynamic and musical qualities, his sound is big and supportive, his lines are deep architecture,his solos are dances in shadows and light, his energy is warm, engaging and playful, and his technical skill is on the highest level.” - Kurt Rosenwinkel

SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY

Leslie Odom, Jr “Simply Christmas” {2016 S-Curve}
Jochen Rueckert “Charm Offensive” {2016 Pirouet}
Jeff “Tain” Watts “Wattify and Blue Vol. 2 {2016 Dark Key Music}
Ari Hoenig "The Pauper and the Magician" {2016 Ari Hoenig}
Lorenz Kellhuber "Standard Experience" {2015 Blackbird}
Jeff "Tain" Watts "Blue Vol. 1" {2015 Dark Key Music}
OWL Trio "Arts and Letters" {2015 OWL}
Joey Calderazzo "Going Home" {2015 Sunnyside}
Tom Guarna "Rush" {2014 BJUR}
Bryn Roberts  "Fables" {2013 Nineteen-eight}
Joey Calderazzo Trio "Live" {2013 Sunnyside}
Owl Trio {2013 Losen records}
Orlando le Fleming & Tom Cawley Duets {2012 Nineteen-Eight}
Lage Lund-"Small Club, Big City"{2011 Jimmy Katz}
Ari Hoenig-"Lines of Oppression"{2011 Naive Records}
Will Vinson-"Stockholm Syndrome"{2010 Criss Cross}
Will Vinson-"The World Through My Shoes"{2010 Nineteen-Eight}
Justin Vasquez-“Triptych”{2009}
Lage Lund- “Early Songs”{2008 Criss Cross}
Ari Hoenig- “ Bert's Playground”{2008 Dreyfus}
Fionn O Lochlainn-“Spawn of the Beast”{2008}
Will Vinson - “Promises”{2008 Nineteen-Eight}
Seamus Blake- “Way Out Willy”{2007 Criss Cross}
Jane Monheit- “Surrender”{2007 Concord}
Iain ballamy-“More Jazz”{2007 Basho}
Jimmy Cobb-“Marsalis Music Honors”{2006 Marsalis Music}
Lage Lund- “Standards”{2006}
Jane Monheit- “The Season”{2005 Epic}
Chris Higginbottom-“One”{2005 Basho}
Jim Watson-“The Loop” {2005 Reese Records}
Jane Monheit- “Taking a Chance on Love”{2004 Sony Classical}
Billy Cobham -”The Art of Five” {2003}
Guy Barker-“Soundtrack”{2001 Provocateur}
Gerard Presencer-“The Optimist” {2001 Linn}
Tommy Smith-“The Christmas Concert”{2001 Spartacus}
Jean Toussaint- “The Street Above The Underground”{2000 Alltone Records}
Don Braden-“The Fire Within”{1999 RCA Victor}
Jason Rebello-“Next Time Round”{1999 Onion}

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