Leo Pellegrino (commonly known as Leo P) is a baritone saxophonist based in New York City, born in Pittsburgh.
He graduated from the Manhattan School of Music in 2013.
He is a current member of the "brass house" band Too Many Zooz and former member of the Lucky Chops brass band.
While at the Manhattan School of Music, Pellegrino recorded with its Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra.
Scott Yanow's review of the album noted "Pellegrino's use of extreme high notes as punctuation during his passionate solo on 'Let There Be Swing'."Pellegrino is perhaps best known for his impressive dance moves while performing on the baritone saxophone.
A number of videos with Pellegrino have gained wide popularity on YouTube, due in equal parts to his playing, dancing, colourful hair, and dress styles.
Many videos of Too Many Zooz, as well as Lucky Chops, have gone 'viral' showing both bands busking in New York City Subway stations, particularly the always busy Union Square station.
These popular videos can be said to have given Pellegrino the reputation he has, by showcasing his unique style and talent.
Too Many Zooz featured on Beyoncé Knowles's 2016 album Lemonade and joined her for a performance of "Daddy Lessons" at the 2016 Country Music Association Awards.Pellegrino was a guest player with the Metropole Orkest in a 2017 BBC Proms concert on the works of Charles Mingus.
John Fordham of The Guardian commented on "Pellegrino's hook-punctuated sax playing and busker's line in simultaneous pirouettes, knee-trembles and high kicks [...] by accident or design, the newcomer did emphasise the joyous impulsiveness of an American musical giant often characterised as only a tortured genius." Pellegrino performed with Too Many Zooz at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London in November 2017.Leo also has collaborated with Grace Kelly (musician) on a video "Fish & Chips".
Buzzfeed said "This dancing sax duo is giving me life", and Downbeat Magazine posted a "review".In 2018 Pellegrino released his first solo album called Sax Star, featuring different saxophones with audio effects and a techno dance style percussive line.
The album and accompanying music video were produced by Duffbone, with the music itself written by Matt Doe and Leo P.
In March 2019 Leo P was announced as Yamaha artist.In May 2019 Leo P performed alongside Shpongle for the band's final live performances at Red Rocks in Morrison, Colorado.
He uses a Theo Wanne Durga 3 mouthpiece and Vandoren 4 reeds.