A Gabriel Latchin Christmas

feat. Dario Di Lecce and Josh Morrison

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Last Show: Sunday 15 th December 2019

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Following his sell-out evening last May, jazz pianist Gabriel Latchin returns to PizzaExpress Jazz Club for a special one-off Christmas show. Featuring a first-call London rhythm section of Dario Di Lecce and Josh Morrison on double bass and drums respectively, they will play a beautiful set that includes popular Christmas songs as well as jazz standards. Gabriel’s swinging and sophisticated style takes inspiration from the great jazz pianists including Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans and Barry Harris. When the weather outside is frightful, come and listen to some delightful music from one of London’s leading jazz pianists.

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"Gabriel is an excellent musician and one hell of a nice guy.”

Christian McBride

British pianist, composer and bandleader, Gabriel Latchin has made a name for himself as one of the UK’s finest musicians, praised by critics and world renowned musicians alike. Known for his effortlessly swinging feel, deep repertoire and compelling performances, Jazzwise recently described his playing as “impeccable... the clarity of his lines evoking something of Hank Jones or Tommy Flanagan”.

2019 sees the release of The Moon and I, his second album as leader. With 3 million streams so far, it is being met with critical acclaim worldwide: “this is a masterpiece that shows the true skill of his composition” - Jazz Japan. Featuring a first-call London rhythm section - Dario Di Lecce and Josh Morrison on double bass and drums respectively - the music demonstrates the great strides taken both by Latchin as an individual and the trio as a whole since the release of his 2017 debut record Introducing: “Elegant, tasteful and swinging!” - Renée Fleming.

Recognised as a talented composer, Latchin’s writing is fresh and original, while reflecting his serious study of the jazz piano tradition - Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Art Tatum, Phineas Newborn and Barry Harris are his idols. On The Moon and I, four Latchin pieces are presented alongside new arrangements of standards and classic jazz compositions. Anticipation for the new recording has been high, with pre-orders from Japan before production was even completed.

An in-demand sideman across a range of projects, Latchin was personally invited by Christian McBride to perform with himself and Renée Fleming at Wigmore Hall. The pianist is also the new musical director for Claire Martin and Ray Gelato’s touring show, Let There Be Love. 

A regular performer at London’s premier jazz venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Jazz Club and the 606, Latchin can often be heard with contemporaries Sara Dowling, Atila, Nat Steele’s ‘Portrait of the MJQ’ and The Steve Fishwick Quartet. He has also performed with Salena Jones, Roy Hargrove, Jason Marsalis, Ronnie Cuber and Grant Stewart.

Band Lineup

Gabriel Latchin (piano)

Dario Di Lecce (double bass)

Steve Brown (drums)