DJ Dave Leonard
Dave is the founder and driving force behind JTD Productions. In addition to being the owner operator for the past 25 years he’s also host of his own syndicated radio show, radio UNLEASHED. Whether on the air or at your event, his main focus has always been to find a common ground among all types of people and bring them together through music.
Dave went to Denison University and started DJ’ing on the college radio station his freshman year and was Program Director for the next three years where he also DJ’d parties and charity events. He moved to Jackson Hole after college and was the weekend and weeknight DJ while also starting ACME Music Professional DJ Services.
He moved to the Hudson Valley of New York in the summer of 1989 and started three jobs simultaneously, selling ads for Taconic Press, a local chain of newspapers in Dutchess County, working as the night and weekend DJ on WDST in Woodstock, and launching JTD Productions (named after his yellow lab, Jeffrey), professional dj services for weddings and parties. In 1992, he left both WDST and Taconic Press and combined his efforts as Regional Sales Manager, afternoon drive dj and Program Director for brand new start up Triple A outlet WKZE in nearby Sharon, CT, while still growing JTD. He knew at this point that he wanted JTD to succeed because of his vision and philosophy, but not be totally dependent on him so he hired and trained a few friends, musicians who shared his passion and taste for music, to take on the extra weddings and start building the company.
In 1996 he returned to WDST as Program Director and shortly after left to start the Woodstock Broadcasting Network as Vice President of Programming, all the while running and growing JTD and hosting his radio show. After managing and programming five internet radio stations, in 2002 he left radio management to spend his time exclusively running JTD while also working on syndicating radio UNLEASHED, which currently airs on eight Triple A and NPR radio stations.
This is his 25th year as a Professional DJ, both with JTD and on the airwaves. JTD has set the standard and raised the bar for what to expect from a Professional DJ service. We are lucky enough to be sought after for rustic chic and elegant country weddings throughout the Hudson Valley, Brooklyn and NYC, The Berkshires of Massachusetts and Northwestern CT, as well as Destination weddings across the country and the globe.
“Dave Leonard from JTD Productions was worth every penny we spent! His company offers less expensive DJ’s but after our first conversation we knew that Dave was our guy and that we could trust him with every aspect of our reception music. My husband and I love to dance and love music, but had a hard time figuring out how to put the music we liked into some sort of “favorites” list to play at our wedding. So we trusted Dave to do that for us, and boy are we glad we did. He got the party started right away and didn’t stop until 2am! I’d like to say that all the hard work we put into the wedding was what made it such a great day, but I know in the end, without a good DJ you don’t have a good party. So thanks Dave for giving us the best wedding dance party! I highly recommend Dave Leonard to anyone seeking a great DJ for their wedding, he will not disappoint!”
Abby and Jared from NYC
June 14, 2014 Wedding
Shakespeare on the Hudson
“Dave had great recommendations. We met with Dave and immediately felt confident that he got the “vibe” we were hoping for and had the experience to pull it off in a relatively non-traditional venue. We had him DJ our wedding at the Kaaterskill. He provided sound for the ceremony (literally figured out a way to mic our officiant in the middle of a field), music for cocktail hour and dinner, and DJ’ed the reception. Music was very important! We felt like the music was responsible for the flow and tone of the entire wedding – and it was! Dave Leonard is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! From ceremony to cocktail to dancing, the whole night was perfect. He kept people dancing for hours – no one wanted him to stop. It was as if he read our minds for the music for the entire night. He kept our friends dancing for the entire night…I don’t think anyone every sat down. Dave’s rate is a bit higher than some of the other DJs at JTD, but in our opinion he was worth every penny.”
Mary and Jamie from Brooklyn
October 4, 2013 Wedding
“Hiring Dave Leonard was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. And that’s saying a lot, as we were very lucky on the day as everything worked out very well. Dave just made things extra special. I remember reading reviews of him 10 months ago and thought, “wow! this guy sounds really good”, but is he worth the premium price? His service offers a number of DJs for less, but why is he worth more? It’s because he’s seriously just that good. We gave him full flexibility to choose whatever songs he liked for our reception, and I liked every single one of them. All of guests continually commented on how awesome the music was. Many of those engaged couples who attended were also commenting how they’d like to hire a DJ like Dave for their wedding, as many of the DJs they heard in the past were not that memorable. My wife was so impressed and appreciative at how he was able to keep things right on schedule for the reception. We were so overwhelmed with visiting friends and family throughout the night that we had zero time to queue the DJ for all sorts of things (cake cutting, couples dances, speeches, etc.). Dave made everything run seamlessly and on time. A huge win!! He also stayed later for our after party and played a whole list of tunes we had ready on an iPod just in case. A good buddy of mine who never dances was on the dance floor the whole night. I couldn’t believe it!! He was high-fiving me every 5 minutes as he was having a great time. Thank you DJ Dave!! I’d rate you 6/5 if I could. Keep spinning the awesome tunes and best of luck with your radio show!! -Graham and Jeanette (a very happy married couple).”
Jeanette and Graham
August 4, 2012 Wedding
Full Moon Resort
“How are you? I’m sure you are busy with weddings and parties. Lane and I are back in California and settling down after our whirlwind wedding. We got the survey and will send it back to you shortly. In the meantime, we wanted to thank you for the amazing ceremony and reception. The music was perfect, the party was fun, and your attention to detail and ability to keep the night flowing were greatly appreciated. We got so many compliments on the music, which I think is unusual and speaks great volumes about you as a DJ! It was everything we hoped for, and you delivered on every promise you made. We would be honored to provide you with a recommendation, leave comments on any website or do anything that would aid you in any way. Please just let us know.”
Thanks again for making our wedding exceptional!
Jasmine & Lane from San Francisco
10/25/08 Wedding at Onteora Mountain House
“We have been meaning to reach out to you, but just got back from our honeymoon this weekend. Sorry I didn’t say goodnight to you either after the wedding, was a whirlwind of a day. We have to say, that you were absolutely AMAZING as a DJ. You went above an beyond with everything. Guests loved the musical choices and said wonderful things about you. We can’t put into words how incredible you truly were and we could not have pulled off such an amazing weekend without you. The steel drum player was fantastic, the karaoke was a blast and you thought of everything in terms of helping us keep the “schedule” and the flow. We cannot thank you enough. You have our recommendation for anyone and everyone who is in need! We will certainly send back our survey with all stars and awesome praises. We will also be sending you a tip, as it’s well deserved. We would also like to send a little something for Angie and the steel drum player if you can be so kind as to give to them for us. Also, if you have any particular websites or places I can write something up for you, please do let me know. More then happy to do so!!
Thank you again Dave for being so awesome. Words cannot describe how happy we were to have you a part of our special weekend.
YOU F#$%ING ROCK!!!!!
Tara & Rob from Brooklyn
Full Moon Resort
Dear Dave ~
“Thank you so much for making our wedding reception so much fun! The music was fantastic, and all of our friends have been raving about you.
Thank you for being so laid back and easy to work with it was a real pleasure to meet you and work with you.
I hope we see more of you when we move back to New York – and you can DJ our parties anytime! “
“You were awesome. I have NEVER been to a wedding where the floor was packed all the time AND at the tables one could talk without raising one’s voice. You were truly superb. Any party, any time – you made it great.
Hopefully, we get a chance to compare music notes again soon.”
Thank you again.
All the best,
Christian and Braden from London, UK
Wedding at Estate in Rhinebeck, NY
“I cannot vouch for Dave Leonard and JTD Productions enough. I’ll share a little bit of our experience with you:
When we settled on Dave to DJ our wedding, he invited us over to his house to go over everything. It was really cool, his kids were there and we basically just illustrated our vision to him. Throughout the next several months we corresponded regularly via email mostly, but he would call me to provide me with various reminders when necessary.
His website, where you will be able to select your music is really great. The site is totally user-friendly and his catalog is really deep. My wife and I are total music people and his library really impressed us. The website enabled us to categorize songs as “high priority,” “play if you can,” and “do not play.” It was really easy.
In the days leading up to the reception, Dave and I were in contact a lot. If there was ever a time where he missed my call, he was really good about following up in the same day, often later in the hour. We planned the entire flow of the reception from cocktails, to introductions, dinner music, and then dancing. I must stress that Dave is really open minded to the ideas of others. He’s not going to just play what he wants based on his tastes and works hard to play everything you could want.
Dave showed up at our reception site in Saratoga Springs a few hours early to set up, which he did without a problem. He had asked us how he should dress (which is a really cool option) and we told him professional/casual. His attire was great and blended right in with our guests. He had also asked us how “hands on/hands off,” we wanted him to be. We told him that we just needed him to keep the party going and guide the reception along (introductions, dinner time, cake time, first dances, etc.) and that’s exactly what he did.
Overall we were incredibly happy with choosing JTD, Dave specifically. Not only was he completely professional throughout the entire experience, but he was also lots of fun to work with. We still get compliments on his work six months after our wedding and the music remains one of the highest points of the entire night.
If I could recommend Dave a hundred more times, I surely would, as he is probably the best DJ in the entire region.”
Daniel Saratoga Springs, NY
Wedding Oct. 21, 2011
“Long before we lived in the Hudson Valley, when we were still Brooklynites, a friend of a friend said she knew this really great DJ for our Prospect Park wedding.
It was none other than DJ Dave Leonard. That was 15 years ago. I had not been a guest at before, nor have I been a guest at since, any event with better music, more joy, more booty-shaking, and slow grooviness. Every once in a while we run into DJ Dave around town and we’re so happy to see him, to have him, and his brilliant DJ work, as part of our memories.
And there’s a picture of Dave in our wedding album too!”
Elisa and John – Kingston, NY
Wedding March 2, 1996
The Picnic House in Prospect Park Brooklyn, NY
Dave was AMAZING!
He did everything we asked him to do, played everything we wanted to hear, and was perfectly understated. The best thing about Dave was he was in tune with the crowd. He knew how and when to get them moving and when to get into more of a mellow mood. Everyone loved our music and I think we got more compliments on Dave and how much everyone loved him then we got on the flowers.
I am so happy to be able to write this and at least try to give back to Dave what he did for us. I could really go on and on about how amazing he was but I know how time consuming wedding planning is so I won’t. All I can say is you won’t be disappointed if you go with Dave as your dj.
P.S. We got married on Oct 29, in a blizzard, in Massachusetts, and he was there three hours early and all set up.
Elizabeth Osgood and Kim Rosenberg – West Nyack, NY
Wedding Mass Moca October 29th, 2014
“Dave and JTD productions came to DJ for our wedding this June. We booked with them based on a recommendation by a family friend. They were beyond PERFECT!!! While most DJs play large “sets” of music (you know the drill…cheesy intros…typical oldies..then SHOUT….then more blah wedding music), Dave and the JTD team kept the mix so diverse, we had to stop conversations with guests to go back onto the dance floor. Fabulous doesn’t even begin to describe how much fun we had. Even 2 months later, guests reach out to us to tell us how good the DJ was. One guest was actually surprised that so many people were on the dance floor for so long. If you’re looking for a DJ in the Hudson Valley area – you can’t beat JTD. You can keep it as formal or casual as you want. Just give them the direction and they’ll take it from there. It was great to have one less thing to stress about on the wedding day. Dave is totally professional and he rocks. I can’t wait for the anniversary party so I can use them again.”
Jennifer and David from Rhinecliff
June 23, 2012 Wedding
“Thank you again for being such a great DJ for our wedding. You did an absolutely amazing job and there isn’t a single thing I would change. Lionel and I went to several weddings this spring where the DJ was a very polarizing force in the enjoyment for the guests. I am so happy that the pace of the evening and the song selection really helped everyone enjoy the night as well as participate on the dance floor. I wish I had known you played frisbee and I would have sent you the details of our bride/groom game that took place that morning. We’ll be sure to send you a line next time we come up to Woodstock for a quick hello or a frisbee toss. “
Thanks again, you are the best!
Megan & Lionel from Brooklyn
Wedding at Mt. Tremper Arts Center
“Dave Leonard DJ’d our wedding and we were so lucky to have found him. We needed someone with a catalogue that included standards for the older folks, dancehall beats for the bride, Bollywood hits for the groom, and tracks that could segue between the genres! Dave made sure to include all of our requests (and leave out all of the songs we can’t stand) and was also patient and accommodating when the bridesmaids showed up with surprise request cards. Dave was extremely professional and listened when we said we didn’t want to play cheesy games, do the chicken dance, or any of that stuff that sometimes crops up at weddings. He made sure our guests were dancing the entire night! We were worried that varying tastes in music would leave half our crowd seated at one point or another, but he worked some magic and everyone had a blast! Thanks, Dave!”
Hanorah and Arvind
June 7, 2014 Wedding
“We know Dave would hit the nail on the head with his extensive knowledge of music. He knows music inside and out and it really shined through for our event. Music was very important. Dave did such a great job rolling through the decades of music without playing “mainstream wedding cliches” Awesome job! Kept the party going well into the night/morning. He took all our requests and rode with the style of music we were looking for. He even played house music from a DJ we liked who isn’t very mainstream. We were impressed when we were on the dance floor and heard it.”
Stacey and Will from Kingston, NY
June 27, 2013 Wedding
“Dave at JTD productions did an amazing job at my wedding. Music was very important to the event. He took our playlist and added to it. The entire wedding was up dancing! I couldn’t have asked for anything more. He was very professional and classy and kept the party going. The next day people complimented the DJ. Thanks Dave!! Great job! Thank you!”
Valerie and Vinnie from Cortland Manor, NY
November 17, 2012 Wedding
Highlands Country Club
“The dance floor was packed from the first dance till VT state law required us to turn of the music. Dave did an excellent job reading the crowd and creating the perfect vibe for our wedding. On top of this he was extremely flexible and adapted to all of our needs. During the ceremony he was willing to provide amplification for the officiant and the musicians who performed. In spite of a complicated location shift from ceremony to reception site he made the logistics go smoothly and was up and running quickly, providing a tasteful and well balanced background mix for the cocktail hour. Dave is great. We couldn’t have been more pleased with his work.”
Laura and Robert from New York City
August 18, 2012 Wedding
Fox Chair Mountain Farm
“I know I may sound biased as this was my wedding, but Dave Leonard is by far, the best wedding DJ I have ever seen in action! Not only was his music everything we wanted, but he looked genuinely happy and joyful through the whole evening. He stayed pretty quiet which we loved. No cheesy DJ talk. Just a cool guy playing some cool music. I never left the dance floor, even though it prevented me from seeing some of my guests, but I didn’t care– I was having way too much fun! Everyone kept saying how it was the coolest wedding music they ever heard. Thank you Dave. We wouldn’t have wanted our day any other way!”
Iloire and Greg from Jersey City
Wedding May 25, 2012 Wedding
Stone Tavern Farm
“Dave is phenomenal! So easy to work with and flexible. I was a bit overwhelmed with the thought of having to choose the songs for the day, but Dave, knowing me and what music I like, took the ball and ran with it to perfection! We had requested quite an eclectic selection of music to be played….from Vivaldi to the Grateful Dead…..Dave had it all! Best part, our guests were dancing all night long! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, Dave!”
Donna and Eric from Falls Village, CT
October 8, 2011 Wedding
The Lakeville Town Grove
“Dave was so wonderful to work with. From the moment we met him, we felt at ease. There was no cheesy/hokey business – he was just concerned with making the party run smoothly, playing songs that we wanted and others that worked in perfectly with the genres we liked, and even helping out with making everything run smoothly – things above and beyond his role as DJ. It was a really stormy day and the wind was making something bang during our ceremony. Without being asked, he held it in place for 15 minutes so that our ceremony could go on without disruption. We also had to rearrange the order of some of our dances during the night, and he stalled and seamlessly kept the party going so that no one noticed. His staff and computer login systems were very helpful for confirming all of our songs and accommodating our schedule for the evening. I could not have hoped for a better DJ for our wedding. I would recommend him without reservation!”
Zoe and Zeke from NYC
April 16, 2011 Wedding
Round Hill House
“Jill at The Belvedere recommended JTD. Once we met Dave, Brooke decided immediately. . Music totally made the wedding. Dave’s ability to change music to keep the party going was great. Would use him again in a second. I would change my schedule to get Dave for my next event. “
John and Brooke from NYC
September 28, 2013 Wedding
The Belvedere Mansion
“Dave is the best! I’ve been to many weddings and I have never seen (or heard I guess I should say) a better dj. If you are looking for someone who is going to do a classy job and play great music that you love, then he’s the one for you. I got married 5 years ago and people still talk about how great he was. He has been doing this for years and really knows how to feel the crowd, get people up and dancing, etc. Music is SO important. If you ask me, it really makes the wedding, and he made ours. He’s also a really nice guy and so easy to talk to. We met with him a couple of times before the wedding and it seemed like we had known him forever. I’m sure if you decide to go with him you won’t be disappointed.”
Alyssa and Rory Boice from Port Jervis, NY
July 3, 2005 Wedding
“Micah and I just wanted to let you know again how grateful we are to you for taking part in our wedding. Micah was so touched that you played Me and My Arrow. I’m sure I’m biased, but I have never been to a wedding where everyone danced so much. My parents were thrilled, my friends were thrilled—it takes a special touch to please all parties. And as you pointed out, I couldn’t stop moving! The music was AMAZING and I’ve been telling everyone to check out your show. On a separate note, we’re embarrassed we were short on cash for the full tip, and will be sending more your way this week. Thanks for your patience! When you have the chance I would love to get that photo you took from the loft. I never thought I would get up on a chair like that! Thank you again and please let us know if there is any way we can help get the word out for you.”
All the best,
Jane and Micah from New York City
May 24, 2014 Wedding
Full Moon Resort
“Well, I’m making out these thank you cards and – how could I ever leave you out?! You’re not only a first-rate-one-of-a-kind DJ, but an incredible person as well.
Thank you, Thank you. Our music and your spirit absolutely MADE our wedding reception. Great to work with, great to shoot the breeze with . . . You’re the Best, and we’re so grateful. Keep spreadin’ the music!”
PEACE & LOVE,
Kris & Edward – Lenox, MA
The Public Library in Lenox
“Thanks again for a job well done. Everyone loved the kick ass tunes – how many weddings go into that many hours of overtime? Heather and I were very pleased and thanks for saving me a trip to find my checkbook.”
Sal and Heather LaBruna from Goshen, NY
Wedding at Locust Grove
August 14, 2007
“We actually only used Dave– for our ceremony and our reception– and did not have a band at all. Dave was more money than the other DJ’s we had met with, and I have to say, was absolutely worth every penny.
Throughout the process Dave, and everyone at JTD, were very professional, friendly and easy to get in touch with– which can be a tough find anywhere. When we started planning our wedding last summer we found out very quickly just how hard it can be to find somebody like that. Their website is also top notch– once you are signed up with JTD; you can search through their entire library of music, which made all of our music planning much easier.
In terms of Dave’s DJ’ing at our ceremony– Dave, unlike a lot of other DJ’s we met with (five in total), really seems to love and appreciate music, and when my wife and I explained to him that we like a mix of punk rock, country, hip hop and oldies, it didn’t phase him a bit and he managed to play music that we liked while keeping the energy level high all night long– and kept the dance floor packed with people old and young throughout the evening. In short– I LOVE DAVE. I recommend him with no reservation. If there are any questions I didn’t answer, please feel free to call me at 917-886-9734 or you can certainly email me as well. Also– don’t know if you are set with caterers, etc, but I had a great experience with Woodstock Moveable Feast (Eric & Catherine Glass) as our caterers, they are practically around the corner from Onteora Mountain House I think.“
Chris from Plantsville, CT
Wedding at Woodland Valley Estate
June 18, 2007
“Thanks for EVERYTHING! It was awesome and you were AWESOME! Can’t even put into words how great the night was. We’re running for the airport now, but will drop the check in the box before we go. We’ll catch up for sure when we’re back. See you in a few weeks. Be well and the next cigar is on me.”
Tim & Katie Mack from New York City
Wedding at Onteora Mountain House
“Adam and I both want to thank you from the bottom o four hearts for a truly EXTRAORDINARY dance party at our wedding a couple of weeks ago at Onteora. We could not have asked for a funkier, classier, more well-timed musical experience then the one that you so kindly gave us (and our guests).
I could truly go on and on, but suffice it to say that we are so grateful for the amazing party you provided for us. The music was such an important element to us, and you more than exceeded our hopes. That dance party will definitely go down in history for everyone who participated in it! Thanks again!!”
Becky and Adam from Brooklyn
Wedding in the Hudson Valley
So glad Gail found you! Every step of the way, you’ve been a pleasure to work with. You’ve had a terrific attitude and vibe. Plus, we seemed to have a great shorthand. You just got it. We never had to explain. (So simpatico!) Your suggestions about the flow and order and spacing of dances were all right on. Lots of comments about how terrific cocktail hour was. I’ve had many compliments about you from the most exacting crowd of ALL, Gail’s dad’s buddies! All ex-lounge lizards, musicians, singers, etc . . . They loved your set. A very tough crowd and they loved you. . .
So once again, sterling work.
(PS the highlight of the Friday night before was dancing to your tunes at Terrapin)
Everyone raved about the good vibes at the wedding; you were a huge part of it.
Dude. . . you Rock!
Jansen & Gail from New York City
Wedding at Montgomery Place
“I am happy to respond to your inquiry. I cannot say enough positive things about Dave. Because I was so busy with work during the planning phase for my wedding, I provided him with very little direction. I told him three artists I absolutely didn’t want to hear, and that I’d like a mix that included some reggaeton, merengue and salsa for my husband’s cuban side of the family. He fully delivered. His portfolio of music had something to please everyone. He took some requests throughout the night too. When we discovered at the last minute (literally a few minutes before I was set to walk down the aisle) that I’d never chosen a processional song for my ceremony, and I had no clue what to select, he made a recommendation that was a perfect fit. I think he had a sense of my taste even with the little interaction with him that I’d had prior to the wedding.
I fully recommend Dave Leonard.”
Renee and Carlos – Sarasota, FL
Wedding Boathouse at Central Park New York, NY
“We just wanted to send a quick note to thank you again for DJ-ing at our wedding.
The music was so fantastic! We had to pull everyone off the dance floor at the end of the night. Everyone asked about you the day after the wedding so we’ve given you/JTDs contact info to a few people. We even got a few “best wedding ever” comments.”
All the best,
Susannah and Gareth – Sri Lanka
Wedding May 29, 2011
The Rensselaerville Institute Rensselaerville, NY
“I wanted to touch base and say thank you! Dave DJ’d our wedding 2 months ago and people are still talking about it! Thanks again, we had the best time at our wedding, even if it was the hottest day of the year!!!!”
Eva and Gabriel from Brooklyn, NY
Wedding July 23, 2011
Farmhouse in Old Chatham
“We had the most wonderful time at the wedding. You were the bomb. Really, we couldn’t have asked for a better DJ. Everyone danced their pants off. I was the sweatiest bride ever. If there is a review you would like us to write and post somewhere — please let us know. We would be more than happy to sing your praises.
Danny and I wanted to make a CD of the ceremony music. Can you list the songs you played? Do you know what you played at the reception? if you have a list of that — we would love it.
We can’t thank you enough!”
Forever your fans,
Jenny and Danny
Wedding July 30, 2011
Wesleyan University Middletown, CT
“What a great job you did from ceremony to setting up for all the components of the cocktail hour, slide show, reception. And the swing dance with my younger daughter Becca. You made the whole thing fabulous. I would recommend you highly. Thanks so much.”
Carol W – Mother of The Bride (Jenny’s mom)
Wedding July 30, 2011
Wesleyan University Middletown, CT
Elizabeth and Adrian’s Wedding
Stewart Cairns for The New York Times
I am so lucky to have the opportunity to dj for couples that love music and also give me the freedom to do what I do. Elizabeth and Adrian knew what they wanted and gave me the freedom to provide a soundtrack to their vision. Set in the spacious Barn at Gedney Farm in the Berkshires I was able to weave an eclectic mix old and new and from all genres all styles throughout the evening. Planning was coordinated by Lisa Light of Destination Bride and Jaycee Gossett provided a unique element of ballroom dancing where guests were paired off with dance cards throughout the evening learning waltzes, foxtrots, cha cha’s and more.
Check out this article about Elizabeth and Adrian in The New York Times
Erin and Kieran’s Elegant Country Wedding
I hit it off with Erin and Kieran from our very first meeting. They trusted my taste and we loved the same kinds of music and after listening to my radio show they hired me on the spot. They provided me a brief list of suggestions and styles and I dj’d for over seven hours for the reception in the tent and then up the hill in the barn for the after party into the early morning hours. The dance floor never stopped and the bride and groom led the way the entire evening.