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Leon Boykins strives to positively influence the public through music. With several studio projects as a sideman, and countless worldwide performances under his belt, bassist/composer/educator Leon Boykins is an established figure in the next generation of jazz artists. During his time in New York City he has been fortunate to share the stage with many musical greats including Terell Stafford, Orrin Evans, Donny McCaslin, Gilad Heckselman, Pascal Le Boeuf, Allan Harris, Shai Maestro, Ben Schachter, Dick Oatts, and John Swana. As an in demand sideman Leon prides himself in interpreting the artistic vision of each artist that he makes music with. Placing a large emphasis on education Leon holds a B.M (07) from Temple University and a M.M (11) from the Manhattan School of Music

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Matt Davis: Big Family, Big Picture

Read "Matt Davis: Big Family, Big Picture" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If there's a defining trait to be found in the value system guiding guitarist Matt Davis and his music, it's most definitely a healthy respect and admiration for kith and kin. A love of community and belonging drives nearly every aspect of this artist's life, including his flagship ensemble, Matt Davis' Aerial Photograph, and it speaks ...

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Allan Harris at SMOKE Jazz & Supper Club

Read "Allan Harris at SMOKE Jazz & Supper Club" reviewed by Peter Jurew

Allan Harris SMOKE Jazz & Supper Club New York, NY September 28, 2016 Allan Harris was born in Brooklyn to a tight-knit family that loved music. His mother was a classical piano prodigy who grew up in Harlem and graduated in the first class of the High School Of Performing Arts, ...

October 2012: Fresh Cut from the Vine, Re: Trio

Read "October 2012: Fresh Cut from the Vine, Re: Trio" reviewed by RJ Johnson

Philly Jazz: Fresh Cut From the VinePainted Bride Art CenterPhiladelphia, PAOctober 20, 2012Philadelphia is a city filled with abundant talent and artistic potential, especially when it comes to the city's vibrant music scene. However, Philadelphia-based musicians often find themselves faced with a lack of opportunities to showcase their ...

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John Yao Quintet: In The Now

Read "In The Now" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Freedom and streamlined focus don't often get along on jazz recordings, but when they do, it can make for an inspired outing. Trombonist John Yao managed to merge these divergent pathways into a single direction on his debut album, creating a flavorful feast for the senses. Yao's music is teeming with danger and uncertainty, yet it ...

June 2012: Gunshow

Read "June 2012: Gunshow" reviewed by RJ Johnson

GunshowChris' Jazz CaféPhiladelphia, PAJune 20, 2012Gunshow, a band which has been performing somewhat regularly in the Philadelphia area for a few years, with a repertoire comprised largely of original compositions, performed two sets at Chris' Jazz Café in Center City, Philadelphia.The band's draw in the Philadelphia ...


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