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 Apollo Theatre, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, The Newport Jazz Festival, The Montreal Jazz Festival, and The Havana Jazz Festival. 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, Alexis Morrast, Jane Monheit, Nick Mancini, Danny Janklow, 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. His compositions have been featured in the Baltimore Museum of Art, the documentary Off in the Far Away Somewhere: Georgia O’Keeffe’s Hawaii, and the absurdist dance comedy film Snow Bing Bongs. 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 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
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