Jake K. Leckie - Double Bass
Kevin Thornton - Alto Sax
Alan Munshower - Drums
Justin Taylor - Piano


"Corner Quartet is one of the coolest jazz combos in Baltimore. Band leader and double bassist Jake K. Leckie has been promiscuously killing it with Phil Cunneff’s New Quartet, Out of Your Head, Mobtown Moon, and Cris Jacobs Band, but he probably plays best in this band of his own devising. With equal aplomb, he can lead the band—made up of Alan Munshower, Justin Taylor, and the graceful and clever Kevin Thornton, on sax—through swinging and furious Mingus covers or original compositions. His own solos are technical and intricate, but they’re also full of soul."
- Baynard Woods, City Paper

Live at An Die Musik by Corner Quartet

About the Artists:

Bassist Jake K. Leckie embraces a wide variety of music from around the world.  Native of Boston, he studied with John Lockwood and Ken Cook, and attended the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where he was under the guidance of Michael Formanek and the faculty of The Peabody Conservatory.  He continued his education at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, and with the McGill Baroque Orchestra in Montreal where he also studied with tango pianist/composer Victor Simon.  He has made music in a diverse array of situations with Susan Alcorn, Lyn Taitt, Ran Blake, Matana Roberts, Jens Lindemann, Eli Keszler, Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Kalmunity, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn, The Greater Faith Baptist Church, and has played in clubs and on festival stages worldwide.  Via Boston, Barcelona, Banff, Montreal, and Brooklyn, Jake currently resides in Baltimore.  He can be heard on numerous recordings as a sideman, and is also in high demand as an audio engineer and producer.  He teaches bass at Loyola University Maryland, and regularly performs with The Mash Potangos, Cris Jacobs Band, and Corner Quartet.  

Kevin Thornton began playing the Alto Saxophone at the age of twelve in Shreveport, LA.  Initially classically trained, it was in college that Kevin realized how he could truly express himself: through Jazz.  His first real taste of improvisation was with the Alcorn State University’s Jazz combo, under the direction of Dr. David Miller.  While juggling a demanding course study in Biology and maintaining a full scholarship to march with the Alcorn State Marching band, he continued to practice and learn as much as he could about his new found passion.  After graduation, and a year of Graduate Studies in Biology, He decided to pursue a more in depth knowledge of music at Berklee College of Music (Boston).  After attending Berklee he began his ‘real life’ experience with music in Baltimore.  The Baltimore music scene was not initially welcoming, but with fearless resolve, and an open mind, Kevin has gained invaluable experience, and has consequently carved out a name for himself within the east coast music circuit.  Kevin has had the honor of sharing the stage with Irvin Mayfield, Jacob Deaton, Gilbert Castellanos, Philip Harper, Above/Below, Eubie Blake big band, and Russell Taylor to name a few.  Kevin has also studied under such notable instructor’s as Larry Pierson, Shannon LeClair, Andy McGhee, Logan Richardson, Steve Lehman, Dr. David Miller and Jim Odgren.   

Drummer Alan Munshower, recognized for both his light touch and imaginative playing, has become one of the busiest freelance drummers in the Baltimore/DC region. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Alan began pursuing the drums at the age of 10 and moved to Baltimore to earn his B.A. in music.  Since graduating, Alan has performed at a variety of festivals in France, Canada, and the US, and at venues such as The Blue Note, 55 Bar, Knitting Factory, and Twins Jazz. His duet with pianist Nobu Stowe has a recent album on the Soul Note label, featuring tabla master, Badal Roy. Alan can be seen regularly leading his ‘Boostimus Trio’, a sax-bass-drums group which serves as a vehicle for his original minimalist drumset language.  Also frequently working as a sideman, Alan performs with Satabdi Express, The Philtones, BNatural, and on stand-up bass with Dixieland outfit, Sac Au Lait.  Alan maintains a small private studio of percussion students in addition to teaching in Annapolis, Maryland. He is on the faculty of the Dance Department at Goucher College where he works as an accompanist.

Justin J. Taylor began playing  piano at the  age of  8. His first piano teacher was Mrs. Yvonne Minor.  He accompanied the Northwood Elementary School Choir under Mrs. Minor's direction. He was introduced  to jazz by the great late Mr. Wendell David Hairston.  He tours and performs all over the east coast from South Carolina to New York and has played for the NAACP banquet, the Board of Education in Baltimore City, Baltimore City Fire Dept., Baltimore City Police Dept., Baltimore Sanitation Dept., Baltimore City Health Dept., and a number of retirement parties, weddings, and club dates.  Justin had the honor of performing for former president Bill Clinton during his visit to Baltimore, and for Mr. Louis L. Goldstein, the controller of treasury.  He has worked Corinthia Cromwell, and Mrs. Elaine Foster, winner of the 1999 Billie Holiday Competition.  He has participated in the music ministries of New Testament Pentecostal, New Unity Church and Ministries, Nicodemus Baptist Church, St. Francis Catholic Church, Davis Memorial A.M.E Church, and Open Bible Church. He has worked hands on with children at the Loyola College Summer Camp.  Justin won 2nd place in the Omega chapter talent hunt in 2000, and received the Maryland Distinguished Scholar Award which lead to a performance at Mount St. Mary’s College and Seminary.  Justin studies jazz piano with Tim Murphy and classical piano with Dr. Lawrence Crawford at Towson University.

Standards by Corner Quartet
For booking contact jake.k.leckie@gmail.com
photos by Joi Turner