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David Leon: ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awardee

David Leon is a Cuban-American saxophonist, woodwinds player, and composer living in Miami, FL. He currently leads multiple ensembles including his trio “#bicmnrosfulmfrenh”, which was recognized in Downbeat Magazine’s Student Music Awards in 2015 and 2016. His involvement with the chamber group “Sound Underground” led him on a tour of Eastern Europe following the release of their debut album in the summer of 2014. They were chosen as the small ensemble winners for Downbeat Magazine’s Student Music Awards 2015.
Born in Miami, Florida, David began piano lessons at age seven and later began playing the alto saxophone in middle school. He attended the prestigious New World School of the Arts (NWSA) High School, a Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School. In 2012 he was named a YoungArts Winner in Jazz.
David has also been recognized for his compositions. Most recently, he was a recipient of the ASCAP Foundation’s Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award and will perform at the 2017 Newport Jazz Festival this summer. In 2016, he was selected for the second time to attend the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program in Washington.
In the spring of 2016, David graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Saxophone Performance from the Frost School of Music in Miami. He is an active member of the Miami jazz and creative music scene and continually seeks new sounds to inform his music. He is currently exploring Bulgarian folk music, microtonality, free improvisation and ways of uniting these seemingly disparate musical languages through conducted improvisation.
Leo Genovese – piano
Josh Allen – bass
Francisco Mela – drums

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