A native New Yorker, Leo Traversa has distinguished himself as a musician and educator. His extensive knowledge of a variety of musical genres and cultures and his mastery of their playing techniques makes him one of the most versatile and proficient bassists on the scene today. Leo has performed in major concert halls, clubs, and jazz festivals throughout the world including Montreaux, North Sea, JVC, Lugano, Monterey, Montreal and Heineken Jazz Festivals; the Blue Note Clubs in New York, Japan and Jakarta; Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Greek Theatre, and the Great American Music Hall.
A graduate of The Berklee College of Music, Leo is well known as a clinician and instructor. He is a Music Associate at Columbia University and is a member of its Leadership Jazz program. He is also a long-time faculty member at the Drummers Collective in New York City and along with John Patitucci is a founding and current faculty member of the Bass Collective, for which he wrote the curricula for African Pop, Caribbean and Odd Meter Fusion classes. As a Teaching Artist with Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections Program, and a member of SYOTOS, Leo takes part in community outreach events, concerts, and songwriting workshops at senior centers, high schools, juvenile homes, and prisons. These events have been among the most rewarding of his professional life.