Leslie Joseph Arbuckle

les arbuckle in saigonIn the years between his birth in 1949 and his nineteenth birthday, Les lived in Texas, North Carolina, Florida, New Mexico, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Hawaii and Vietnam, as a dependent of the US Navy. In June of 1962, his father, Bryant Joseph Arbuckle, (Journalist CPO, US Navy) was sent to Saigon, Vietnam to start the Armed Forces Radio Station. Les and the rest of the family (Lynn, Lowell, and their mother, Margaret Arbuckle) moved to Saigon in January,1963, where they lived for a tumultuous and often violent eighteen months. In 1964, Chief Arbuckle and family were transferred to Los Angeles, California, then to Norfolk, Virginia.

After a stint as a saxophonist in the US Army Band (1968-71), Les moved to Boston, Massachusetts where he attended Berklee College of Music, and New England Conservatory. Les is married to vocalist/educator and longtime Berklee Professor Joyce Lucia, and has a daughter, Emily Arbuckle, who is an Archivist, living in New York City. Les and Joyce now live in Carlsbad, CA.

Les has performed with a variety of musical acts including The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Lou Rawls, Vanessa Williams, Bernadette Peters, The San Diego Symphony Summer Pops Orchestra and The Artie Shaw Orchestra. His recordings for the Audioquest label are available at Amazon.com and feature well-known jazz musicians Kenny Barron, Mike Stern, Cecil McBee, John Abercrombie and Victor Lewis.

Les currently owns saxoasis.com, a vintage saxophone repair and sales shop with an international following. He has completed two fantasy novels (as yet unpublished), and is working on a novel set among the burlesque clubs of downtown Boston in the 1970's.

The foremost among Les's other interests is surfing, and he currently spends far too many hours in the water at Swami's, in Encinitas, CA.