Jerry Leake

Jerry Leake is an Associate Professor of Percussion at Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music (Boston, 1991-present). He is leader of the world-rock-fusion octet “Cubist” that has released an acclaimed studio and live CD featuring the top names in contemporary music. He is also co-founder of the world-music ensemble Natraj, and is a founding member of the dub/trance groove collective Club d’Elf. He performs regularly with R.A.R.E, C-Jammers, Another Realm, and the Agbekor Drum and Dance Society. On tabla, Jerry has accompanied Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Sharafat Ali Khan, Nandkishor Muley, Kumkum Sanyal, Chitravena Ravikiran, Purnima Sen, and Shyamdas. Jerry has written eight widely used texts on North Indian, West African, Latin American percussion, and rhythm theory; five manuals for playing world rhythms on drum set; and has numerous articles published in Percussive Arts Society Magazine “Percussive Notes.”

Jerry graduated from Berklee College of Music where he studied jazz vibraphone with Gary Burton and hand percussion with Pablo Landrum. He studied tabla in Pune, India with Rajiv Devasthali. In Chennai, India, Jerry studied Carnatic rhythm theory and mridangam with T. K. Ramakrishnan. He has studied African music for over 20 years with Dolsi-Naa Abubakari Luna of the Dagomba tradition (northern Ghana) and Ewe music (southern Ghana) with Godwin Agbeli and David Locke, and balafon/djembe with the Coulibaly family in Burkina Faso.

Jerry is former president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society and has been a composer and member of the Portland Symphony Kinder Koncert percussion ensemble since 1984.