Leon Parker (born August 21, 1965 in White Plains, New York) is a jazz percussionist and composer. He studied drums from age 11 and had classical training in his teens. He went on to study jazz under the tutelage of Barry Harris. His recording debut would be with Harvie S. His first wife Lisa is a flautist and he had worked with her musically. He often plays minimalist drum kits, sometimes consisting of only one cymbal.His 1998 album, Awakening (Columbia Records) made it to 20th at Billboard (magazine)'s "Top Jazz albums."