Leslie Havens has been with DIVA since 1997. A member of the Artie Shaw Orchestra for ten years, she is on the band’s one and only CD and has performed with them in most of the United States, several times on the Mississippi Queen and the S.S. Norway, and in Taiwan and Brazil.
She has performed in Carnegie Hall with Arturo Sandoval, with Aretha Franklin at the Newport Jazz Festival, and for the grand opening of the Hanover Theater with Bernadette Peters and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. She has toured Europe (including Russia and Serbia) and South America with Paul Anka and performs regularly with the Boston Brass Ensemble, Quintessential Brass and several orchestras and local big bands.
In addition to several Diva CDs, Leslie is also on the CDs of the Jeff Holmes Big Band, Artie Barsamian’s Boston Big Band, the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, Dan Gabel and the Abletones, Quintessential Brass, and the Solstice Sackbuts. She has performed with Barnum and Bailey’s Circus, the Big Apple Circus, the Monarch Brass Ensemble and artists such as Tony Bennett, Natalie Cole, Jack Jones, Al Martino, Lorrie Morgan, the O’Jays, the Lettermen, Kenny Rogers, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and others.
An active music educator, Leslie has been an adjudicator for the Massachusetts Jazz Educators Central District Jazz Festival and teaches private brass lessons at Marlborough, Boylston, Harvard and Sudbury Public Schools. Leslie is also an active freelance tuba player.