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Journey CD

Originally conceived as the performance dissertation project requirement for Jose Leonardo Leon to obtain his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado Boulder, Journey is a compendium of three commissioned and two unrecorded-never-performed works, demonstrates diversity in compositional styles and instrumentations, with the bass trombone as the center of sound. One unique characteristic of the resultant product has been the opportunity for collaboration with the composers through the creative process. Thanks to these interactions, I was able to understand their musical perspectives and ideas first hand, which allowed me to find the appropriate techniques and musical approaches to translate their thoughts into sounds. Due to the distinct styles and music creativeness presented in this CD, it ismy hope it will become a humble contribution to the trombone repertoire and make an impact on its growing recognition as a solo instrument. In 2018, Journey received the prestigious  Global Music Awards ® Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement  for Instrumental and Compositions. Most recently, a wonderful and very insightful review of the full album Journey,  has been published at the International Trombone Association ITA Magazine, January 2021 Vol. 49 #1 Check it out at:



A Short Account of a Long...

​​​New Music for Bass Trombone as Solo & Chamber Instrument