The Leisure Class
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The Leisure Class

New York City, New York, United States

New York City, New York, United States
Band Jazz Bluegrass


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"Stars Came Out in Brooklyn for Haitian Relief"

Actress Lauren Ambrose, unbeknownst to me until last night, apparently fronts a jazz band called The Leisure Class. It must be a pretty new act—girl doesn’t even have a myspace page up—but you wouldn’t know it from the performance. They were tight as all hell, and Ambrose’s voice is fucking dreamy. She was clearly nervous that her olde-school cabaret style might not be the best fit with the night’s more rock-oriented acts (she said by way of disclaimer that she hoped everyone was up for a “slightly different sonic experience”) but she needn’t have worried. The crowd was thoroughly seduced by the band’s detailed, glossy arrangements of songs ranging from Dylan to, believe it or not, The Libertines.

- Blackbook Magazine


Still working on that hot first release.



Conjuring a unique blend of ragtime Dixieland red hot gypsy jazz, the The Leisure Class is the hardest relaxing band in show business. Formed in the Berkshire Mountains aiming to play classic jazz influenced by their diverse backgrounds in Americana, Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Rock and Roll, and Opera, The Leisure Class debuted at Joe’s Pub in New York City in late 2009. Fronted by Lauren Ambrose and featuring members of The Two Man Gentleman Band, The Hunger Mountain Boys, The Hot Sardines, and the Blue Ribbon Boys, the Leisure Class are soulful and funky, yet humble interpreters of song.