BIOGRAPHIES : The Face The Music Family
Jeff Leonard began his music career in 1959 as the bassman with the Elads. After the group was signed
by their manager he replaced their original lead, Jimmy Dilks, with Joey Hall and renamed the group
Little Joey And The Flips.
This US R&B vocal group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, comprised Joey Hall (b. 1943; lead), Fred
Gerace (b. 1947; first tenor), James Meagher (b. 1946; second tenor), John Smith (b. 1946; baritone) and
Jeff Leonard (b. 1944; bass). Hall, the lone black member, was from West Philadelphia, while the
remainder of the group was from the Philadelphia suburb of Upper Darby.
The group's top charting hit record was "Bongo Stomp", Joy Records, which went to number 33 in 1962.
The success of this hit landed the group on Dick Clark's: "American Bandstand" in 1962! The Flips also
appeared on "Steel Pier" along with a number of TV appearances.
Little Joey and the Flips were a part of HY-Lit and his Caravan of stars. Performing and touring with
this Rock n' Roll show had the group sharing the stage with the likes of Sam Cooke, Dee-Dee Sharp,
The Isley Bothers, The Orlons, The Hearts and the Skyliners to name a few.
Following the success of "Bongo Stomp" more releases on both Joy and Cameo Parkway records
followed: "Bongo Gully"(CASH BOX Pic of the Week), "Hot Rod", "Lost Love", "It was like heaven",
"Mystery of the night", "Beach Comber" and "Fool, Fool, Fool". The original group disbanded in 1965.
Jeff Leonard ,as a drummer, restructured the "Flips" with talented local musicians. Keeping Joey Hall
as the lead they became the "House Band" for Jerry Blavat's nationally syndicated television show,
"The Discophonic Scene", airing on channel 10. Jeff Leonard remained on the show through 1967 when
he was drafted by the US Army and sent to Vietnam. For the next 30 years Leonard has stayed involved
with music in some fashion.
When asked about the new studio project Jeff replied, " I still love playing drums but for my own
enjoyment. I am really excited about being a part of the rehearsal and teaching studios!"
He has divided his time between music and art his entire life. He has a wildlife art studio below the
Face the Music Rehearsal Studios.
Jeff has been the solid back beat of various original and cover bands in the area since he was a
schoolboy. A versatile musician, he plays and enjoys a wide range of music. Jeff has performed and
recorded with a variety artists, singer/ songwriters in Rock, R&B, Gospel, Soul, Reggae and Hip Hop
Currently, Jeff has been putting a lot of time behind the drum kit over at “Studio E” contributing to
some exciting new music that will be released in 2009. “ Studio E” is next door to Face The Music and is
owned and operated by Philly Soul Legend and session master, Bobby Eli. Recent Studio E releases
have included, “George Clinton and His Gangsters of Love” 2008 : featuring The Red Hot Chili Peppers,
Carlos Santana, and more, “ Love Niecy Style” Denise Williams 2007 and "The Three Tenors of Soul"
Jeff is currently available for drum instruction and select performance & recording projects here at
Face The Music.
|Jeff Leonard Jr. : Manager / Drum Instructor
Jeff with " Philly
Session Legend", Mr.
Earl Young at Studio E.
Internationally Acclaimed Artist Chiquita E. Green has been traveling the globe as a professional
vocalist/songwriter for over twenty years. She is at home performing in concerts, studio & CD projects,
for record labels / agencies and in her own ensembles.
Chiquita works with and opens for numerous prominent artists. She has performed with Patti LaBelle,
Denise Williams, Diane Reeves, New Spirit, Richard Smallwood, Stevie Wonder Celebration CD, Alvin
Slaughter, Luther Vandross' / Change, The Dixie Hummingbirds, George Clinton, Russell Thompkins,
Jean Carne and Ted Mills too name a few.
She recently finished a CD project with long time friend and producer, Bobby Eli and writes for several
artists as well. She is writing and co-producing a project for the come back of the popular group
"Double Exposure". In addition to having several of her own CD projects, Gospel/Jazz, on the market
here and abroad, she received two ESMA Gospel awards for Best Jazz Performance and for Best Urban
Soul Project for ("Let Go"-2005). Proceeds from the latter project ("The Sandmouth Mercy
Project"-2008) are being used to promote funds to meet the needs of children in Africa. Both projects
were written and produced with Douglas Grigsby lll.
Chiquita has an extensive background working political engagements, private affairs, churches and
weddings. She performed in Istanbul during the OSCE World Leaders Conference and over eighty
upscale concerts abroad with New Spirit, lead by Carol Frazier. New Spirit's CD, "Glory Glory
Hallelujah", was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque by the famous "Hot Club" of France. Chickie has
appeared twice in Monte Carlo, at the Princess Grace Theatre, at the Montreux and Vienne Jazz
Festivals, in several engagements at The Kimmel Center and many famous churches worldwide.
Chiquita's music can be heard on several local stations in Philadelphia, various gospel stations
throughout the US and the Internet. We are looking forward to hearing her music all over the world,
soon!!!! Whatever the need, so long as she can accommodate, she will come through with flying colors!!!!
Ms. Green studied at Temple University and Community College of Philadelphia and is currently a
recreational vocal instructor at Face The Music Rehearsal & Teaching Studio in Upper Darby, PA.
|Chiquita Green : Vocal Instructor
Karl Jones Guitarist & Vocalist
Small Stream Jazz Ensemble
Performing and teaching guitar for 25 yrs
Grade school and private studies on alto sax 1964-‘70
Vocalist and bass player for local Kennett Square rock band 1972-‘74
Private music study with Jack McGann in folk, country blues, ragtime and swing, 1976-‘79. Involved
with sound crew at the Cherry Tree Folk Club and the Foxhole Jazz Club on U of P campus 1976-’79.
Advanced jazz studies with Steve Marcucci, 1978-’81.
Ensembles for any occasion: duet, trio, quartet & quintet.
Running public performances in Philadelphia and New Jersey over the years include Society Hill
Hotel, Marathon Grill 19th & Spruce and Commerce Square, Twenty21 Market St. Commerce
Square, Chris’ Jazz Café 1421 Sansom, Bistro DiMarino Collingswood, M/O Café Voorhees, The
Cork Westmont, Javier Haddonfield, Haddonfield First Fridays, Medford Dickens Festival. Numerous
private, corporate and charitable events for The Print Center, Monel Center, StarChefs Rising, CADE,
Phila. Childrens Alliance, Looking Out For Kids,
Private or group guitar lessons with an emphasis on being musical and having fun while not only
becoming a player but a musician.
|Karl Jones : Faculty coordinator / Guitar Instructor
| Bob Whitt is a bassist currently living and working in Philadelphia, PA. He was born in 1983, and
raised in a home where his parents shared their musical appreciation with Bob and his sisters. In high
school, Bob began studying the double bass and started doing jazz gigs when he was 16.
Bob has a B.M and M.M. from the University of The Arts and is currently playing in several jazz
groups as well as freelancing around Philadelphia and NJ. Bob played in numerous musical
productions in the area. He teaches on electric and double bass. Some groups he has played with: The
Bob Whitt Quartet, The Sacred Orchestra,The Dave Stahl Big Band, The Brian Menedez Trio feat.
Keith Javors, and with Joan Rivers. He has played in venues across the area including: Ortleib's
Jazhaus, Chris' Jazz Cafe, Cafe Habana, The Tin Angel, and The Prince Theatre. Bobby has also
appeared in the Philly Fringe Festival and The Burlington Jazz Festival.
Click this text to Watch Bob Whitt laying into some Hip Hop on The Late Show with David Letterman
with guest artist Grammy award winning "Chamillionare" & "Slick Rick" !
|Bob Whitt : Bass Instuctor
Keyboardist/Vocalist Kenny Kirby started playing at age 7 & turned professional at age 14. Kenny has
toured the world with some of the biggest names in R&B/Pop Music, most notably & recenctly w/ Van
Morrison & Charlie Gracie. For 5 Years he conducted for the #1 Pop Hit Recording Group THE
TYMES "So Much in Love."
He performs as a Solo Artist & w/ South Philly's award-winning wedding/club band THE BUSINESS.
|Kenny Kirby : Piano & Keyboard Instructor
Kenny & Van Morrison
Bobby Eli is a record producer, songwriter, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and studio owner born and
raised in Philadelphia. I grew up surrounded by much music and love and was blessed to have grown up
with and be friends with some of the very people who laid the groundwork for what was to be known as
"The Sound Of Philadelphia". As a featured guitarist and founding member of the famed studio band
MFSB, I have played on thousands of hit recording sessions both in Philly and all over the United States
and abroad. including all of the records by the Stylistics,The Spinners,O'Jays,Teddy
Pendergrass,Harold and Melvin and the Blue Notes,Three Degrees,Blue Magic,Delfonics,Billy
Paul,First Choice,MFSB,Salsoul Orchestra, Trammps, Major Harris and records by Main Ingredient,
Jackie Moore, Joe Simon,Wilson Pickett, Elton John,Dionne Warwick, Deniece Williams, Phyllis
Hyman, Temptations, The Dells,and many more too numerous to mention. As a producer and
songwriter,I have been involved in countless gold,platinum and multi platinum records.
As a producer and songwriter, he has been involved in countless gold, platinum and multi platinum
records. I write and produce in many genres including r&b, pop, rock, hip hop,and Gospel jazz. Some of
the songs I have written and covered by many include: Love Wont Let me Wait, Sideshow, Three Ring
Circus, Just Dont Want To be Lonely, Zoom(UK) Lovetown(UK),and many,many more too numerous to
Some of the artists he has produced are: Major Harris-Love Wont Let me Wait Blue Magic-Sideshow,
Three Ring Circus, Summer Snow, Grateful(Three albums) Jackie Moore-This Time Baby, Hows Your
Love Life(two albums) Deniece Williams, Rose Royce-Magic Touch and two albums Atlantic Starr(First
two albums) Fat Larrys Band-Zoom(UK)and two albums Booker Newberry III-Lovetown(UK)and two
albums Cashmere(UK) Ronnie Dyson, Wilson Pickett, Sister Sledge, George Clinton, Jean Carne,
Bobby Taylor, Three degrees, Barbara Mason, Ollie Woodson, Russel Thompkins Jr, Ted
Mills,William"Poogie" Hart(Delfonics), Intruders, Village People, First Choice, Impact, Tower of
Power horns, Engelbert(Philly album) MFSB, Freda Payne, Funk Brothers, Janice Mc Clain, Harold
Melvin and the Bluenotes, Johnnie Taylor, Wilson Pickett, Len Barry, Double Exposure, Trammps, and
so many more too numerous to mention.
Recent Projects include the brand new cd by George Clinton featuring: Carlos Santana,
The Red Hot Chili Peppers and more!! Coming soon..the new cd by "Double Exposure",
including the new single, "Soul Recession"
Studio E is right next door to our building. We are excited that Bobby is now
offering his Studio and services to us at Face The Music! If you have a recording
project or any other questions about the Studio Give us a Call! We'll are looking
forward to working with you on your next project!
|Bobby Eli : "Studio E" Recording Studio / Producer
Bobby in the Studio
Working w/ Stevie Wonder
Bobby in Studio E with
George Clinton 2008
|Brian Soares : Staff / Guitar
Brian Soares is a important member of the crew here. He was a major part of building this studio from
the ground up. Many of his design ideas are part of the construction in the studio.
He plays guitar and drums locally with some killer hard rock/metal bands and is always up for a jam.
Brian keeps things running around this place. He is the go to / utility man here at Face The Music.
Without him, we would have a lot of broken things, half finished projects and way less fun.
Brian is also an award winning wildlife artist and tattoo artist.