Gabriel Latchin Trio

The Moon and I

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Last Show: Wednesday 8 th May 2019

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Pianist and composer Gabriel Latchin will be touring the music from his new release 'The Moon and I' this spring. Taken from a lyric in Hubbell and Golden’s 'Poor Butterfly', the title is a tip of the hat to the opening tune he performed recently at Wigmore Hall with Christian McBride and Renée Fleming. Continuing with the trio format for his second album as leader, Latchin is supported by a firstcall London rhythm section Dario di Lecce and Josh Morrison on double bass and drums respectively. Longtime collaborators, the trio have developed a unique sound: a hardswinging 1950s aesthetic married with the contemporary vision of Latchin’s compositions. 'The Moon and I' captures a moment in time from the composer’s evolving life. As a new father, his writing is inspired by his growing family: Arthur Go; Pippy’s Delight; Brigi, My Dear. Even the title of his Art Blakey tribute, Peek a Bu, has a childlike twist. These four originals are accompanied by seven unique arrangements of well known jazz standards in his inimitable style.

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

Christian McBride

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 of the Gabriel Latchin Trio. Featuring a first-call London rhythm section - Dario Di Lecce and Josh Morrison on double bass and drums respectively - the set 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. Of the number-one-selling CD, Renée Fleming said “Kudos to the Gabriel Latchin Trio for this first release. Elegant, tasteful and swinging!”

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 is high, with pre-orders from Japan before production was even completed.

An in-demand sideman across a range of projects, Christian McBride personally invited Latchin 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 show, Let There Be Love. A regular performer at London’s premier jazz venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, PizzaExpress Jazz Club and the 606, Latchin can be often 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 (bass)

Steve Brown (drums)