Jake Leckie, known for his “polyphonic openness to anything and everything,” is a bi-coastal bassist who has toured with Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Sixto "Sugarman" Rodriguez, and Cat Toren's “Human Kind.” This “Jazz Bass Wizard” has played the top venues and festivals internationally, including The Blue Note, The Blue Whale, The Apollo Theatre, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Newport, Montreal, Washington DC, and Havana Jazz Festivals. Embracing a wide variety of music from around the world, he has shared the stage or the studio with Yo-Yo Ma, Marc Ribot, Matthew Whittaker, Jane Monheit, Nick Mancini, The Harlem Gospel Travelers, The Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Cesar Orozco, The Cris Jacobs Band, Lyn Taitt, Warren Wolf, Ran Blake, Matana Roberts, Ursula Rucker, Susan Alcorn, Christopher McBride and the Whole Proof, and The String Orchestra of Brooklyn. He released his debut album "The Abode" in January of 2019 to critical acclaim, including a 4.5/5 star review in All About Jazz. His compositions have been featured in several museums, films, and advertisements. He was born in Boston, MA, and studied with John Lockwood and Michael Formanek. Via Brookline, Barcelona, Banff, Montreal, Baltimore, San Francisco, and Brooklyn, Jake currently resides in Los Angeles and daylights 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
Jake Leckie Quartet has been described as “Four musicians who just sound like they’re having a blast, completely in sync with one another, and feeding off the electricity.”
- Dave Sumner, Bird Is the Worm