Where in the world is Rockapella's Scott Leonard? Right here in Tampa
Back when your humble Soundcheck editor was a wee cub reporter at the St. Petersburg Times, barely old enough to grasp a pen and make cursive letters, one of his first musical interview subjects was Scott Leonard, a high tenor and songwriter for a cappella superstars Rockapella. Click here to read it.
This was a watershed moment in your editor's life, as he, like every other child born during the 1980s, was accustomed to watching Leonard and his cohorts perform on the PBS quiz show Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? The only thing that might have delighted him more would have been interviewing Kate Monday from Mathnet.
You see, Leonard (far right in the above photo) is a Tampa boy, through and through. He attended the University of Tampa on a baseball scholarship, and chose to live in the Big Guava full time, even though you just know all of the hottest a cappella producers in Hollywood were probably begging him to move to the West Coast.
So it is no small matter that Leonard is back in town performing this weekend, with an honest-to-goodness homecoming concert at the University of Tampa. The show is at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Falk Theatre, and the group will be joined by the University of Tampa Orchestra in what is being described as a "rare collaboration." Tickets are $20-$30. Click here to purchase.
Though you may know them only for Carmen Sandiego and this Folger's commercial, Rockapella is pretty much the biggest a cappella group in the world -- yes, Andy Bernard, even bigger than Here Comes Treble -- having performed with everyone from Sting to Julie Andrews to the Boston Pops Orchestra. So even if you can't tell a Whiffenpoof from a Meddiebempster, hey, give it a shot, you might like it.
As for your humble Soundcheck editor: He thanks Scott Leonard for being the journalistic gateway drug that led to a wildly prosperous career as a music blogger. If and when Hollywood ever gets around to making a Carmen Sandiego movie, we hope he's richly rewarded with an Oscar.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*