Born January 14th, 1977,
Tampere, Finland

Lehtonen is an active figure in the finnish jazz scene. In addition to leading his own groups, he plays regularly with the top cats in the country. 

Lehtonen has a lot of experience playing in small bands, big bands and working in the studio. 

JL came to the scene through the band U-Street All Stars, an energetic jazz group that toured a lot and made two albums for the Blue Note- label. Since then Lehtonen has gone on to playing with practically everyone in the finnish jazz-scene.

Among the names Lehtonen has played and toured with: 

Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, Tim Hagans, Joe Lovano, Mike Stern, Bob Mintzer, Dick Oatts, Jukkis Uotila, Jerry Bergonzi, Rick Margitza, Frank McComb, Wayne Krantz, Aaron Goldberg, Marc Bernstein, Scott Kinsey, Antonio Farao, Jesse van Ruller, Johan Hörlen, Robert Nordmark, Karl-Martin Almqvist, Palle Danielsson, Gustav Lundgren, Stockholm Jazz Orchestra, Norrbotten Big Band, etc.....

Photo by Markus Niittynen