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This music is contagious. Once you hear it and feel it you will love it.
“Just as I play scales to strengthen my rhythm and tone, to limber my finger, hands and vocal cords, so too I use My T.E.D.D.Y to limber my thoughts and feelings so I can engage fully in my life. When I am conscious and responsible for how and what I Think, what I Eat, what I Do, what I Drink and the You (feeling good about me) my life works and I’m more productive.”
Everybody has a gift, and Washington area musician Leron Young’s gift is creating music that tantalizes and excites people of all ages. It doesn’t matter whether it is the Blues, R&B or Smooth Jazz; Leron loves and plays it all. From mainstream to contemporary, from bebop to hip-hop, he plays the guitar with a sense of grace and emotion that is wholly without cliché.
His passion for music was sparked at 8 years old when he received a guitar from his mother. Leron spent his formative years teaching himself how to play the guitar, while growing up in Washington D.C.
Leron was one of four Washingtonian guitar players featured in the famous Wattstax film documentary of a Black music festival that also featured Stax recording artist Isaac Hayes, Luther Ingram, Kim Weston and The Bar-Kays. Leron also played with Chuck Brown on his famous “Busting Loose Album.” It was during these gigs where his education really began. Leron says some things you can only learn on the bandstand with great musician.
Leron represents as high a level of musicianship as can be found anywhere, and his versatility and strong sense of melody have made him somewhat of an icon in his community. Leron’s melodic inventiveness i.e. his ability to improve marvelously beautiful and strikingly original melodies is his trademark. Some say Leron has captured the sound and soul of Charlie Chritain, George Benson, Carlos Santana, Earl Klugh, and guitarist extraordinaire, Wes Montgomery
In addition to being an accomplished solo guitarist, recording artist, composer, Electrical engineer, music teacher and bandleader, Leron is currently a member of the Bowie State Community Jazz Orchestra.
While playing guitar with the Unifics, Five Stairsteps, The Fuzz and Luther Ingram of Staxx Record, Leron Young was on shows with many of the artists of the late sixties and seventies such as Kool and the Gang, The O’Jays, Roberta Flack, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, The Chi Lites, The Delfonics, Lou Rawls, David Ruffin, Jr. Walker, The Staple Singers, Isaac Hayes and many more during that era. He also performed a lot at the Apollo Theatre, the Uptown Theatre and Howard Theatre the Cheetah Club and numerous other clubs throughout the country. Leron has also played as a solo artist at Blues Alley several times.