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Leslie Zimei


Born in Mt Vernon, New York and grew up on Long Island, initially Westbury/Levittown.  Presently from Northport, married to Ray Hornosky and have a son, Michael from a previous marriage.


Started singing at the age of 14 as part of a local band, “The Trolls” followed by “The Rainy Days”, “Calamity Jayne” , “Pearly”, Cadillac Moon and presently “Pearl Street” . Pearl Street is an 8 piece band (horn section) and we play  all around Long Island.  

 Two CD’s recorded with Cadillac Moon, “Blue Moon Rhythm” and “Under The Influence”

Growing up listened to a lot of Sinatra, Ella, Nancy Wilson and of course as a young adult, Beatles, Dusty Springfield, (just about all of the British Imports).  Later on  Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Kenny Rankin,  Van Morrison.  I still love Sinatra and appreciate his gift more than ever before.


Opened for Peggy Lee and Petula Clark at the Empire Room 1976

Opened and perfomed for/with Bonnie Bramlet, The Downtown in Farmingdale 2003 as well as Dave Mason at the same venue

Atlanta Blues Festival 2002 with Cadillac Moon
Riverhead Blues Festival 2003


i did background vocals for Ben E King ("Beginning of it All")  in 1971 and Bo Didley ("Another Dimension ")  same year. Recorded on Long Island (Soundview Studio,  Kings Park )


The CD was a gift to my mother who is turning 90 in December and although I’ve recorded albums previously as part of a group, this was the first to be a solo effort.

My former husband, Michael Mattia played piano, arranged all the tracks and wrote the two originals with me.  We have a unique relationship and it ties in with our son of course and the music.   I owe so much to Mike, Don Celenza (who played guitar, bass and Hammond on all tracks with the exception of two) for their devotion, creative input and countless hours in the studio .  I would also always be indebted to
Fred Guarino who owns and does all the engineering at Tiki Recording in Glen Cove for his huge participation in creating a great product and a warm atmosphere.
The title of the CD was inspired by photos taken by a dear friend who passed away last year.  He was a wonderful photographer and I had intended to use the photos for the cover but unfortunately,  his work was not available.


Upcoming Dates:
August 30th-Water’s Crest Winery- 3 PM
September 13th- Homestead, Oyster Bay- 5 PM Celebrating the existence of Oyster Bay !
September 19th- Inn at New Hyde Park-9PM
September 28th – Long Island Guide Dog Foundation 10- AM

September 28th- Lindenhurst Library-2:30

October 18th – Oyster Festival, Oyster Bay