Jake K. Leckie, MA

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Jake K. Leckie embraces a wide variety of music from around the world.  Born in Boston, he studied double bass with John Lockwood and began playing professionally at the age of 15.  He attended the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where he studied with Michael Formanek and the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory, and earned a BA in Anthropology with a concentration in Ethnomusicology, and an MA in Audio Science.  He continued his education at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, and with the McGill Baroque Orchestra in Montreal where he also studied with tango composer Victor Simon.  He has held faculty positions at Loyola University Maryland, Maryland Institute College of Art, and The Peabody Conservatory.  Jake has toured internationally, and performed with a diverse array of artists, including Sixto “Sugarman” Rodriguez, Karl Perazzo, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, Cat Toren’s “Human Kind,” Don Sonero, Pedro Brull, The Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Cesar Orozco, Warren Wolf, Ran Blake, Matana Roberts, Ursula Rucker, and the String Orchestra of Brooklyn.  He has served on the music ministry of Greater Faith Baptist Church in Baltimore, and Parkchester Baptist Church in the Bronx.  He has engineered hundreds of recordings for live concerts, and produced studio albums for bands, singer songwriters, jazz groups, tango ensembles, and chamber musicians.  He is active as a film composer, and recently scored the absurdist avant-garde dance comedy film “Snowy Bing Bongs” which premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  Since moving to New York in 2015, Jake has performed at The Blue Note, 55 Bar, Minton’s Playhouse, Fat Cat, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, and The Havana Jazz Festival in Cuba.  In his seminar at New York Arts Program he offers his students the opportunity to develop both the technological and practical skills required to get jobs in the industry, as well as their individual aesthetic taste which will guide them throughout their careers.

Contact: 212-563-0255 ext 5, jake@nyartsprogram.org.