As one of South Florida’s most active and proficient trombonists possessing equal mastery on both bass and tenor trombones, Venezuelan-born Dr. José leonardo Leon has worked with reputable professional music organizations such as the Florida Grand Opera, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra (Spain), the Orquesta Filarmonica UNAM (Mexico City), the Jalisco Philharmonic (Mexico), and the New World Symphony (Miami).
Within the past decade, Leon has performed as a first-call trombonist for acclaimed artists such as Andrea Bocelli, The Manhattan Transfer, Wicked and Frozen super star Idina Menzel, Arturo Sandoval, Wycliffe Gordon, Bob Mintzer, Paquito D’ Rivera, Eddie Daniels, Dr. Ed Calle, David Foster, and the Kravis Center Pops Orchestra, just to name a few.
Leon is a 2018 Global Music Award Outstanding Achievement medal for Instrumentalist and Original Compositions by American(U.S.A.) and Latin American composers. He was the bass trombonist for the Mamblue Big Band, who in 2015 received a Latin GRAMMY Award for Best Instrumental Album. Lastly, Leon is a Bach Brass & Conn-Selmer Centerstage Performing Artist and a trombone professor at Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida Atlantic University.