All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Bob Leto

Bob Leto

”Bob Leto, heard for the first time on record in Burn'in the Blues (CAP 2000), is a jazz drummer's drummer. Bob's fastidious, provocative drumming is a cornucopia of jazz styles,” says Proctor Lippincott of the New York Times. “Mixing the old and the new is the direction he paves on his debut record, Burn'in The Blues.” Burn'in the Blues is a collaboration with guitarist John Abercrombie, alto saxophonist Vincent Herring and Hammond B-3 player Jeff Palmer.

My first exposure to standards came when my parents took me to Broadway musicals. Buddy Rich was also a beginning influence, along with Max Roach and Joe Morello.

When I was 18, I won a National Endowment for the Arts award to study with percussion masters Joe Morello and Tony Williams. Tony Williams taught me musical concepts, inspiring me to play in more experimental environments, while Joe Morello focused specifically on classical technique.

I backed rock singer Pat Benatar, a former neighbor and classmate in Lindenhurst, New York, during the 1970s, before heading off to Boston to study jazz at the Berklee College of Music.

I was a regular performer at Sonny's Place in New York in the mid-1980s, where I performed with Billy Mitchell of the Count Basie Band, in addition to leading various jazz combos.

My latest recording, “Cheesecake,” a trio with bassist Dominic Duval and guitarist Tim Siciliano, is “an eclectic set of jazz...creat(ing) fresh renditions of jazz classics

Read more


Primary Instrument


Willing to teach

Advanced only



Jimmy Smith Jimmy Smith
organ, Hammond B3
Jimmy Bruno Jimmy Bruno
Tal Farlow Tal Farlow
Dave Liebman Dave Liebman
saxophone, soprano
Jimmy McGriff Jimmy McGriff
organ, Hammond B3
Joe Beck Joe Beck
Jack McDuff Jack McDuff
organ, Hammond B3
Sharel Cassity Sharel Cassity
Bill Mays Bill Mays
Michele Ramo Michele Ramo
guitar, 8-string
Lenny Breau Lenny Breau
Virginia Mayhew Virginia Mayhew
saxophone, tenor

Shop Amazon

All About Jazz needs your support

All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.