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 Terell Stafford, Orrin Evans, Donny McCaslin, Gilad Heckselman, Pascal Le Boeuf, Allan Harris, Shai Maestro, Ben Schachter, Dick Oatts, and John Swana. As an in demand sideman Leon prides himself in interpreting the artistic vision of each artist that he makes music with.
Placing a large emphasis on education Leon holds a B.M (07) from Temple University, a M.M (11) from the Manhattan School of Music and is a Lincoln Center Scholar Master’s in Education Candidate in The Music Teacher Education program at Hunter College. His list of awards include various scholarships from the Manhattan School of Music, Temple University, West Virginia University and the Pittsburgh Jazz Society, as well as an outstanding soloist award from Down Beat Magazine.
Mentors have included: Harvie S, Jeremy McCoy, Larry Grenadier, Madison Rast, Mike Boone, Dr. Andrew Kohn, Paul Thompson, Phil Markowitz, David Liebman and Dwayne Dolphin. He would like to thank his friends, family, books, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New York City for all the educational experiences that they have provided.
Currently Leon is residing in Brooklyn NY where he is preparing a music education curriculum for high school aged students. He is also maintaining a busy performance schedule and continuing to pursue a devoted interest in songwriting and music production. Performance dates and music links can be found at