Leo Nocentelli


Leo Nocentelli, master guitarist, composer and the creator and “Innovator of Syncopated Funk,” has composed one of the most internationally noted Grammy-inducted songs, “Cissy Strut,” for the iconic and legendary pioneers of funk The Meters, a 2018 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and four-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee.

As well as his many accomplishments and achievements with and for The Meters, Leo has performed, composed and recorded with great and iconic artists such as Allen Toussaint; Peter Gabriel; Paul McCartney; Patti LaBelle; Bun B; Stanley Clarke; Joe Cocker; Ramsey Lewis; ZZ Hill; Albert King; Etta James; Harry Connick, Jr.; George Duke; Cyril Neville; Trombone Shorty; and many, many more.

Leo Nocentelli is known as the “funkiest fast-fingered guitar player of today,” has been credited as one of the 50 top guitarists in the world of ALL TIME as well as the “Most Sampled Guitarist Ever,” and has written more than 400 songs. Leo is continuing to evolve his style with varied elements that cover blues, rock, rap, jazz and hip hop, but still considers himself mainly a funk musician. Leo’s compositions and contributions have continued to evolve, with personal appearances on stages and TV shows alike including Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (where he received the recognition and special guest invitation to perform live with The Roots), Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Late Night with David Letterman (alongside Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra). Leo has performed from coast to coast across the U.S., including appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, as well as international tours including Tokyo & Osaka, Japan; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and various European spots. Leo’s funk goes on and on and on…

Now, after 50 years, there has been a discovery of a lost treasure trove of songs by Leo that has produced the very acoustic hit album on the Light in the Attic record label entitled “Another Side.”


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