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Leo Traversa

Leo has performed and toured with Tania Maria, Astrud Gilberto, Don Byron and Herbie Mann, to name just a few. He has been active in Collective rhythm section classes for many years and teaches all styles of music, from Reggae to Rock, Brazilian to Bebop. His relaxed approach is appropriate for students of all levels.

A graduate of The Berklee College of Music in Boston, Leo is well known as a clinician and instructor. He is a Music Associate at Columbia University, teaching private lessons and ensembles, and is a member of their 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 curriculums for African Pop, Caribbean and Odd Meter Fusion classes. He has authored two instructional books for Carl Fischer Publications entitled, Afro Caribbean and Brazilian Rhythms for Bass, and Fusion: A Study in Contemporary Music for the Bass, and has completed text for a third independent book, Five Concepts in World Rhythms, on the subject of world music and the various skills needed to play all African influenced music including African, Caribbean, Latin and Brazilian styles.

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Meet the Instructor

Leo has performed and toured with Tania Maria, Astrud Gilberto, Don Byron and Herbie Mann, to name just a few. He has been active in Collective rhythm section classes for many years and teaches all styles of music, from Reggae to Rock, Brazilian to Bebop. His relaxed approach is appropriate for students of all levels.

A graduate of The Berklee College of Music in Boston, Leo is well known as a clinician and instructor. He is a Music Associate at Columbia University, teaching private lessons and ensembles, and is a member of their 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 curriculums for African Pop, Caribbean and Odd Meter Fusion classes. He has authored two instructional books for Carl Fischer Publications entitled, Afro Caribbean and Brazilian Rhythms for Bass, and Fusion: A Study in Contemporary Music for the Bass, and has completed text for a third independent book, Five Concepts in World Rhythms, on the subject of world music and the various skills needed to play all African influenced music including African, Caribbean, Latin and Brazilian styles.

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