Ubuntu Music Presents

Leo Richardson 'Move'

Album Launch with Very Special Guest Eric Alexander on Tenor Sax

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Last Show: Tuesday 6 th August 2019

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Tonight will be a celebration of Leo Richardson’s latest album, Move, on the Ubuntu Music record label. Undoubtedly, Leo is widely recognised as one of London's leading tenor saxophonists, best known for his honest, straight-ahead, contemporary hard-bop style. His influences include John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon, Horace Silver and Art Blakey. Some of Leo’s notable performance and recording credits include Kylie Minogue, Jamie Cullum, Gregory Porter, TLC, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra, Joe Sanders, Willie Jones III, Dan Nimmer and Norma Winstone. Leo released ‘The Chase’ on Ubuntu Music which earned some of the most exceptional reviews ever received by a debut album, including a first-ever 5 Star Review by the UK Guardian/Observer Sunday Newspaper. 

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“I can’t remember hearing a more impressive debut.”

Dave Gelly, The Sunday Guardian/Observer Newspaper

Some of Leo’s notable performance, touring and recording credits include: Kylie Minogue, Jamie Cullum, Gregory Porter, TLC, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Wet Wet Wet, Heritage Orchestra, Candi Staton, David Foster, John Newman, Ella Eyre, Jessie Ware, The BBC Proms, Ronnie Scott's Allstars, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra, Ben Sidran, Submotion Orchestra, Ronan Keating, Blue, Peter Andre, Mulatu Astatke, Mica Paris, Brian McKnight, Tom Chaplin (Keane), Anne-Marie, Clare Teal, Sheridan Smith, Roger Taylor (Queen), Toya Wilcox, The Vamps, Il Divo, The Heliocentrics, Elaine Delmar, Vula Malinga, Alan Skidmore, Joe Sanders, Willie Jones III, Dan Nimmer, Gary Husband, Dick Pearce, Norma Winstone and Jim Mullen.

Leo’s quartet consists of killer artists who are all standouts in their own right. Rick Simpson, winner of the Yamaha Scholarship Prize for Outstanding Jazz Musicians, resides on piano. Tim Thornton, one of the most sought-after young musicians of his generation, drives a hugely vibrant, powerful double bass. And, in keeping with the talent in this line-up, the exceedingly diverse Ed Richardson rounds things off on drums.

In 2017, The Leo Richardson Quartet toured the UK in November-December, in support of their debut album, The Chase, on Ubuntu Music. The album was selected by The Times newspaper as one of the Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2017 and one of the Top 100 Albums of all music genres. The success of the album and the tour led to the Quartet’s debut performance at this year’s Love Supreme Jazz Festival.

Band Lineup

Leo Richardson (saxophone)

Rick Simpson (piano)

Tim Thornton (bass)

Ed Richardson (drums)

Plus: Special Guest tba