All About Jazz

Home » Member Page

Matt Leskovic

Matt Leskovic is a trumpeter, writer, and a graduate of the Jazz History and Research MA program at Rutgers University.

About Me

Born in Rochester, NY, went to undergrad at Syracuse U, spent the next 4 years in Buffalo--I spent the first 25 years of my life along a stretch of 120 miles on I-90. Though seemingly limited in ways, it did give me a true fondness for snow, a discernible palate for chicken wings, love of the Orange, and an appreciation for a regional delicacy called the Garbage Plate. My love for music was instilled in me by my parents at a young age--the blues of Taj Mahal, the intricacies of the Beatles, and a Rolling Stones concert at age 10. Trumpet lessons began at age 9, my jazz studies commenced soon after (beginning with a solo on “Chameleon” in 5th grade jazz band--I'm sure a lot of you played the same arrangement) and they have yet to stop.

In 2007 I received an MA in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers University, studying under Dr. Lewis Porter, Dr. Henry Martin, and Dr. John Howland. I currently live in Park Slope, Brooklyn and am freelance writing and playing my horn with whomever and wherever I can.

See you all at the 55, the Vanguard, Smalls, Fat Cat, Smoke, or wherever the action is that night...

My Favorites

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.