Leon Boykins has developed a reputation for tastefully blending musical tradition with innovation. With several studio projects as a sideman, and countless worldwide performances under his belt, bassist/composer/educator Leon Boykins is an established figure in the next generation of creative musicians.
During his time in New York City he has shared the stage with many musical greats including The O’Jays, Questlove, Ravi Coltrane, Betty Wright, Terell Stafford, Orrin Evans, Donny McCaslin, Dick Oatts, John Swana, Allan Harris and Ben Schachter. As an in demand sideman Leon prides himself in interpreting the artistic vision of each artist that he collaborates with.
Placing a large emphasis on education Leon holds a B.M from Temple University, a M.M from the Manhattan School of Music and a M.Ed from Hunter College. At Hunter Leon was part of the inaugural class of Lincoln Center Scholars. The program immersed performing artists in a rigorous masters in education program co-taught by Hunter professors and Lincoln Center teaching artists. Notable awards include recognition from the The Pittsburgh Jazz Society, and Down Beat Magazine.
Currently Leon is residing in his hometown of Pittsburgh PA. With the outbreak of COVID-19 the performing arts are on pause all over the world. After a year of traveling full-time with the broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen Leon has decided to return home and devote time to writing, practicing and family.