Gabriel Latchin Trio 'I’ll Be Home for Christmas'

Event Has Passed

Last Show: Monday 6 th December 2021

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Following their sell-out show in 2019, the Gabriel Latchin Trio returns to PizzaExpress to present their new album I’ll Be Home for Christmas, a heart-warming collection of swinging holiday tunes. Expect new arrangements of classic favourites as Latchin and his trio deliver their signature straight-ahead style. Recorded in 2020, the festive themed record was met with worldwide critical acclaim, receiving a coveted feature in DownBeat (USA) and 4 star reviews in The Times and The Guardian. Latchin is joined by his long-standing rhythm section of Josh Morrison on drums and Dario Di Lecce on bass. This truly is a seasonal feast for the jazz fans!

Read more ...

"For my money, London-born Gabriel Latchin is the best straight-ahead jazz pianist to appear in the past few years... I'll Be Home for Christmas – the gift that keeps on giving."

The Guardian

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, The Guardian’s Dave Gelly recently said: “For my money, London-born Gabriel Latchin is the best straight-ahead jazz pianist to appear in the past few years.” While Jazzwise recently described his playing as “impeccable... the clarity of his lines evoking something of Hank Jones or Tommy Flanagan”. 

2020 saw the release of I’ll Be Home for Christmas, his third album as a leader. The collection of songs features new arrangements of beloved classics, including “White Christmas”, “Silent Night” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. This builds on the success of Latchin’s 2019 album The Moon and I - 16 million streams so far - which was 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 internationally as a talented composer and arranger, Latchin’s writing is fresh and original, whilst reflecting his serious study of the jazz piano tradition. On I’ll Be Home for Christmas Latchin presents well-known songs through the eyes of his musical idols. For example, how might Bill Evans approach a Christmas song? What would Ahmad Jamal do with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”? Clearly, the press were enthusiastic about this recent musical offering, with Latchin garnering four stars in both the Guardian and the Times, with a DownBeat review too.

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. He is also the 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 (bass)

Josh Morrison (drums)