Leo studied harmony and composition with the noted Jazz arranger and author, Phil Rizzo. He has been involved with the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, N.Y., with such artists as Anthony Braxton, Oliver Lake, Karl Berger and Carla Bley. He also studied with pianist Jaki Byard, formerly of the Charles Mingus group, at his studio in Hollis, N.Y.

Leo has performed solo and ensemble concerts at Indiana University, Ohio University, Marietta University and other concert and club performances throughout the Mid-West.

He was a member of Eneke Experimental Arts in Tucson, Arizona.  Eneke, a performing arts ensemble, was the brainchild of Ajule Rutlin, co-founder of the Black Artists Group of St. Louis. With Eneke, he toured the Southwest in concerts featuring such artists as Henry Threadgill, Oliver Lake, Douglas Ewart and others.

After arriving in Cleveland, Leo founded The Contemporary Music Coalition and has done concerts at Kool Jazz Festival, The Tri-C Jazz Fest, the Eneke Festival and Stifel Arts Jazz Series.

Leo has been performing in Europe since 1991. Performance highlights include the Ljubljana Jazz Festival, the Jazz Lent Music Festival, a national radio simulcast performance from the Club Gajo in Slovenia; The Custard Factory Music Series in Birmingham, England and at Club 54 in Heidelberg, Germany.

Leo has been the recipient of major grants from The ArtsLink/Sorros Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Slovenian Government for composing, performing, and special projects both in the U.S. and Europe.

Leo is currently teaching courses in World Music at both Cleveland State University and Ursuline College.


Eastern Tennesse State University 5/11
Performed with the South Indian ensemble, The Carnatica Brothers in a concert of South Indian Classical and American Jazz fusion music.

World Peace Concert, Detroit Michigan 9/09
Performed with musicians from South India

Inginuity Festival, Cleveland, OH 7/09
Performed with Afro-Cuban ensembe, Latin Free Trade Band

Lent Festival, Maribor, Slovenia 6/94 & 7/01
Featured performers on jazz stage at Lent Festival. Other featured performers, Ray Charles and Ray Brown

Maribor & Ljubljana Slovenia 11/00
Composed, arranged, and performed three different collaborative concerts with Slovene musicians broadcast over RTV Radio Slovenia.

Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH 10/00
Live performance of  CD “Lament for Raymond Carver”

Cain Park Jazz Series, Cleveland Hts., OH 8/98
Featured performer for Sunday Jazz series.

Stifel Arts Center, Wheeling W.V. 10/97
Featured performer at the Stifel Art Center Jazz Series.

European Tour, 4/96
Wrote, arranged, and performed music for poetry/music project in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Also perfomed club dates on the same tour in Maribor, Slovenia ;Vienna, Austria; Birmingham, England.

Ljubljana Jazz Festival, Ljubljana, Slovenia 6/92
Featured performers along with Geri Allen,  Betty Carter and Gilberto Gill









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