Leland Baker is a jazz saxophonist, as well as a music educator; teaching privately, and leading his own project/ lecture series, Bridging Gaps. He lived and spent time honing his craft in the great cities of New Orleans and New York City. While living in New York City, Leland has had the opportunity to perform with many of the musical geniuses the city has to offer, including Lawrence Clark, Kahlil Bell, Tim Green, and Roy Hargrove to name a few.
Early years: Leland attended Loyola University in New Orleans, LA where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies. While in undergraduate school, he studied saxophone with jazz elites John Ellis, Tony Dagradi, and Ray Moore. While immersed in the creative and soulful spirit of New Orleans, Leland was able to perform with some of the city’s musical masters like Delfeayo Marsalis, Shannon Powell, and Johnny Vidacovich. He later attended the University of Rhode Island where he earned a Master’s Degree in Music Performance. Leland continues to perform, record, and teach throughout New England and NYC. He is featured on Hip Hop group, Quarter Water’s debut album entitled Flavors.