Jake Leckie, known for his “polyphonic openness to anything and everything,” is a New York City based bassist who has toured internationally with Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Sixto "Sugarman" Rodriguez and Cat Toren's “Human Kind.” This “Jazz Bass Wizard” has played the top clubs and music festivals internationally, including the Blue Note, The Montreal Jazz Festival, and the Havana Jazz Festival, and has performed or recorded with Yo-Yo Ma, Marc Ribot, Matthew Whittaker, Alexis Morrast, The Harlem Gospel Travelers, JD Warren and the Rudiment, JC Polo Neo Latin Jazz Quartet, The Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Cesar Orozco, The Cris Jacobs Band, Lyn Taitt, Warren Wolf, Ran Blake, Matana Roberts, Ursula Rucker (of The Roots), Susan Alcorn, and The String Orchestra of Brooklyn. He was born in Boston, MA, and studied with John Lockwood and Michael Formanek, and moonlights as an audio-engineer and composer for film.
"With equal aplomb, he can lead the band through swinging and furious Mingus covers or original compositions. His own solos are technical and intricate, but they're also full of soul." - Baynard Woods, Baltimore City Paper