Leo's Career Highlights
*1985 Signed up for Solfeggio lessons at age 21 with Prof. Santos 1/26.
*1986 Rafael Nuñez exposes Leo to Bossa Nova, Classical and solo guitar styles.
*1987 Studied Classical Guitar at the Conservatorio (Santo Domingo) Lessons with Lagares, Pablo Moya and Nereida.
*1989 Starts a band with the Croes Brothers and Minino.Meets Eduardo Sama. Began Piano studies self taught.
*1990 First place in a CODETEL music competition at the CENTRO OLIMPICO 11/16. Leo has 7 private students (includ. Joseph,Angel, Tico,Elvis & David) Started learning Electric bass inspired by Jaco Pastorious.
*1991 Becomes Bass/ Guitar player for CODETEL (Dir Amaury Sanchez) on 2/8, Plays his first gig on 2/23 (San Juan de la Maguana) and Tours extensively all across DR. Meets Elias Soriano. Joins EL Clan de la Furia (Dir. Roy Tabare) first gig on 2/27, first TV appereance (Punto Final/Freddy Beras Goico) on 3/ 15, Music video recording on 4/24 and Show del Mediodia appereance 7/29. Joins Cahobazul (Dir. Lyle Ritzel) debuts on 8/31 at "El Rincon" Club. Jam Sessions w/ Irka y Tadeu 6/26, also at Menta Jazz & Porto Latino Clubs. Guitar lessons with Ivan Carbuccia.
*1992 joins the Conservatorio Jazz Ensemble (Dir. By Crispin Fernandez). First Jazz performance as leader at Conciertos Jazz Astwoods 8/14. ( w/ Rafelito Diaz Lithow, Carlos Gonzales, Candido Ortega Manuel "Manny"& Mario Rosario) Started learning piano. Performs at Bellas Artes Palace with CODETEL on 4/23 and 4/24. Leo's students at the moment: Dan, Huaina, Elias,Fabricio, Maury.
*1993 Continues to perform regularly with CODETEL, as well as teaching Bass and Guitar.
*1994 Performance at Sheraton Hotel DR 8/19.
*1995 First gig in the US with La Banda Cache 8/13. Others gigs in Conn, Lynn, Lawrence, Cambridge.
*1998 Hired by ZUMIX as Guitar/ Bass instructor 3/4 and at the DOREMI school of music in Roxbury.Debuts the Leo Colon Quartet with Martin Dalmasi (A.Sax), Rebecca Ford (V.) and Alain Rene (B.) at Bob the Chef's 7/2 . Signs up at the John PAyne Music Center ( w/ Dan Weiner) and performs at RYLES on 11/23. .Private lessons with Jay Weik,and Steve Neil. Fisrt ZUMIX show on 4/15 First student recital on 5/20.
*1999 Cambridge multicultural center benefit for ZUMIX 5/16. First Student recital at DOREMI 5/30. Becomes a founding member of "In The House" with Steve Bourassa and Andrew Saltzman. Recording of "The Leo Colon Q." demo w/ Sven Larsen, Bruce Tennenbaum and Mike R. (Produced by Bourassa/Saltzman) 11/21. Teamed up with Marina Rodriguez and performs as a duet on acoustic guitar.
*2000 Lessons with Charlie Banacus 1/12-. Solo guitar performances at the Blue Stone Bistro in Allston. Busy year performing with ITH and other projects. Current students number 20.
*2001 Hired by Iglesia de San Juan as Music Director 3/4 until present. Joins Zili Roots (Zili Musik) With Kera Washington as leader, plays first gig on 7/14.Started voice lessons with Adrian Hierholzer 7/17.Founded Diver City Band along with Mario Aranda until present. ITH performances at Newport, Portland, Providence, Lawrence others. Recording for ZUMIX Christmas CD 9/17. First son Marlon is born! 11/19.
*2002 Zili roots performances at Isabella Stuart Museum and Wellesly College. ITH perf. at Cranston,Essex, Boston, Lawrence, Newburyport, Mansfield and all over New England! . Leo's Students band Diver City debuts at Piers Park on 7-4-02. Leo Performs at Plaza Garibaldi.
*2003 local TV taping for Diver City "Orale con Veronica" 3/30. Busiest year for ITH with 40 performances, Leo's total performances for the year: 62. Studies Piano with Ed Meradith
*2004 Enrolls at Bunker Hill Community College for general education.Perfoms with Veronica Robles at Villa Victoria 3/20. Meets Javier vargas. Continues to perform with ITH, Zili Roots, Diver City and other projects.
*2005 Teaches Group Guitar at the Umana Barnes Middle School. Leo's ZUMIX guitar ensemble is founded. Becomes founding member of "LA CHUSMA" with Juan Pedraza as leader, Plays first show at ZUMIX with Javier Vargas on lead Guitar. Continues to perform with ITH, Zili Roots, Diver City, LA CHUSMA and other projects.
*2006 Becomes musical Director for Hyde Park Christ Church along with Iglesia de San Juan (until Present) 1/25 Playing both Piano and Guitar . Performance with the UMANA BARNES student ensembles at Logan Hilton Mayor Menino attends 3/16.Perfomances with ITH, LA CHUSMA, Live TV Appearance (Show de Fernandito 12/29 with DIVER CITY.
*2008 Santana tribute concert with Juan Pedraza 6/27. Ed Meradith album release concert and Berklee audition 8/18. Students recitals for DOREMI and ZUMIX. Marlon ( Leofist born) Debuts at the ZUMIX rcitals on piano at age 6.
*2009 Enrolled at Berklee College of Music and is granted the "World Tour Schollarship based on his audition performance (Lessons W/ Jack Pezanelli, Richie Hart, Steve Dale, prof. Hiromi, Joe Rogers, Prof.Kay, ). Makes the Dean's list as first semester student. Becomes Director of DOREMI of School of music. Diver City band opens for KOOL and THE GANG at Suffolk Downs.
*2010 jazz en Dominicana Concert as Leader ( Feat. Milton Felix, Esar Simo, Javier Vargas, Gandhy Gonzales, Gugi Marti,Others) 1/7. Benefit concert for Haiti earthquake victims at the ROXY in Boston with Diver City 1/20.Signed up at the Morningside Studios Jazz Combos (Dan Fox) 5/20.Re-launches Jazz trio as leader with Santiago Hernandez. Performances with the Jazz trio/Quartet at the Bremen St Park (W/ Rusty Scott, Patrice Williamson), Newton Wine and Jazz Festival, Southwest Terminal first aniversary at Logan Airport, International String Trio,Holds a residency gig at the Paddock Restaurant for 3 monhts performing with Mike Ball, James Nicoloro and Santiago hernandez. Teaming up with Ed Meradith, Produces 3 singles for Diver City band (2 of those co-written and arranged) . Performs at Ryles with the Morningside Studios Jazz Ensemble 11/30.
Leo's Career Highlights