A native New Yorker, Leo Traversa has distinguished himself as a musician and educator. His extensive knowledge of a variety of musical genres and cultures and his mastery of their playing techniques makes him one of the most versatile and proficient bassists on the scene today. Press reviews have described him as “perfect in technique and brilliant in providing instrumental background”, “master of the 5-string bass”, and “without question, one of the top bassists”.
He has performed and recorded with a wide range of internationally known artists including Angelique Kidjo, Michael Brecker, Larry Harlow, David Krakauer, Don Byron, John Pizzarelli, Larry Goldings, Andy Narrell, Birdland Big Band under the direction of Tommy Igoe, Ruben Blades, Donny Mcaslin, Helio Alvez, Janis Seigel, Renaissance, John Di Martino, Tania Maria, Eliane Elias, Randy Brecker, Ben E. King, Astrud Gilberto, Joyce, Cesar Camargo Mariano, Claudio Roditi, Dave Valentin, Toninho Horta, Gerry Mulligan, The New York Voices, Oscar Hernandez, Phil Woods, Dianne Reeves, Milton Nascimento, Fantcha, Bebel Gilberto, The Caribbean Jazz Project, Herbie Mann, Kenia, Shoko Aida, Aster Aweke, Louie Bellson, Steve Kimock, Dave Kikoski, Gato Barbieri, Leslie Uggams, Duduka Da Fonseca and Maucha Adnet. His most recent highlights include touring India with John DiMartino’s Quartet of the Americas, performances with David Krakauer’s Ancestral Groove, Janis Seigel and the Requinte Trio at the Blue Note, The Birdland Big Band, Tours with 70s rock legends Renaissance, the Bobby Sanabria Big Band, KJ Denhert and Giada Valenti. Recent releases include Janis Seigel, John DiMartino, Nanny Assis “Requinte Trio”, Erika Matsuo “Nostalgia”, Kim Nazarian “Some Morning”, Chris Washburne and SYOTOS “Low Ridin'”Bobby Sanabria Big Bnad “Multiverse” Barry Danielian “Metaphorically Speaking” and Sara Milanovich “Daisycutter”.