San Diego's Jazz

Leo Cates

Leo has a long association with music, beginning with Mrs. Stevenson's 5th grade class when he picked up a trombone. Three years later, he found himself on the Warner Brothers back lot as an extra in the band of the Oscar-nominated motion picture The Music Man. While in the 9th grade, his jazz education was amped up dramatically, due to his devotion to KBCA, 105.1 FM, an LA-based 24-hour jazz station with the hippest jocks on the planet. Following undergraduate work in Economics at UCSB and post-graduate work in Business Administration at San Diego State, Leo began to focus on his passions, specifically by launching a near 15-year career as a thoroughbred writer, and concurrent with that, hosting a show on Jazz 88, starting in March of 1986. These days, along with his hard bop-driven No Room For Squares, heard on Sundays from 3 pm to 6 pm, he serves as a tutor in City College's English Center, the most fun he's had since his short-lived days as a department store Santa Claus in the mid-70s.
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