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Leo’s credits include:

Soloist at three of the Healdsburg Guitar Festivals

Leader of groups at the

·        Vallejo Shoreline Jazz Art & Wine Festival

·        Napa Jazz Festival

·        Yountville Jazz Festival

·        Cobb Mountain Jazz & Blues Festival

·        Washington Square Jazz Series

Music Director of Napa Valley Shakespeare Festival for four years, composing and performing music for

·         Much Ado About Nothing

·         Midsummer’s Night Dream

·         Hamlet

·         Merchant of Venice

Performed twice with Arthur Fiedler and the San Francisco Pops Symphony

Performed at the Hyatt Lake Tahoe and the Fairmont Hotel

Performed for Noontime Concerts in San Francisco and Trinity Chamber Concerts in Berkeley

Appeared on West Coast Weekend, a live radio program on KQED-FM

Performed for seven years as a soloist at the Commandant’s Residence in Benicia

Performed for six years with Leo’s Trio at the Uva Trattoria in Napa

Alternated sets with the Napa Valley Symphony for their Viennese Ball

Played for two years with the Gentlemen of Jazz at the Silverado Country Club

Author of Beyond Power Chords, a method book exploring chord progressions and chord theory

Transcribed the music for the Best of Michael Nesmith and the Peter Rowan Songbook.

Contributing author of the soon-to-be-released book to accompany the Guitar Wheel.

Leo's Trio was in the New York Times on March 13, 2008


Backstage at the Napa Valley Shakespeare Festival


The quintet at the Vallejo Shoreline Jazz, Art & Wine Festival

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With a guitar made by Michael Hemken of St. Helena, CA.

Jamming with Mimi Fox

With Dale Gutridge at the Clearlake Jazz Festival

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I transcribed the music in The Best of Michael Nesmith

I transcribed the music in The Peter Rowan Songbook


Leo studied jazz guitar with Joe Wagner and jazz greats George Barnes and Barney Kessel. He studied classical guitar with George Sakellariou.

Leo with Barney Kessel, many years ago.

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