The Leo Richardson Quartet at Southwark Cathedral

Music Outdoor Jazz Churchyard
  • Venue

    Cathedral Churchyard

  • Time

    3:30 PM

  • Price

    £10.00 - £12.50 plus booking fee

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Come hear in our Churchyard the hard-bop jazz of Leo Richardson, who is widely recognised as one of London's leading jazz tenor saxophonists

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 Chase was the first album to receive 5* from The Sunday Guardian/Observer. The success of the album and the tour led to the Quartet’s debut performance at the 2018 Love Supreme Jazz Festival. The Leo Richardson Quartet released their second album Move in 2019 to critical acclaim, receiving 5* in BBC Music Magazine.

Without a doubt, Leo Richardson is widely recognised to be one of London's leading Jazz Tenor Saxophonists, best known for his honest, straight-ahead, contemporary hard-bop style. His most significant influences include John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon, Horace Silver and Art Blakey.

In 2009, Leo was awarded a scholarship to study Jazz at the prestigious Trinity College of Music. Whilst at Trinity, Leo studied with world-class saxophonists including Jean Toussaint, Julian Siegel, Martin Speake, Mark Lockheart and Mick Foster. In 2012, Leo was awarded the Trinity College of Music Jazz Achievement Award and in 2013 graduated with a 1st class degree with honours in Jazz Performance. He was also a Worshipful Company of Musicians Young Jazz Musician of the Year finalist in 2016.

Since graduating, Leo has been making a name for himself on the London Jazz scene. He has become an in demand side man and has collaborated with many well known musicians at acclaimed venues such as Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, The Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, o2 Arena, Rochester International Jazz Festival, Cadogan Hall, The Vortex Jazz Club and Glastonbury Music Festival. In 2015, Leo was nominated in the London Music Awards for Rising Star in the Jazz category. He regularly hosts the Late Late Show at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club with his own quartet.

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.

Further Information

This performance will be 90 minutes long with a 20 minute interval .

A cash/contactless bar will be available for ticket holders to purchase refreshments.

No seats will be allocated for this performance, there is a small lawn area plus benches and ledges to sit on. Feel free to stand or sit on the flagstones and tap your feet to the beat.

Ticket holders are asked to adhere by social distancing guidelines even though this performance is outdoors. The band will be situated 3 metres away from the nearest audience and signage will be in place to ensure the performance space is clearly visible. Members of staff will encourage audience members to keep 1m+ apart unless they are in a 'bubble'.

Please stay at home if you or a member of your household or group are feeling unwell on the day.

Wash your hands often using soap or water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser which will be made available beforehand and during the event.

Toilet facilities will be available.

We request that face coverings are worn unless you are not able to do so.

Stay at least 1m+ away from others members in the audience.

If you need to cough or sneeze, please do so into your elbow, not in your hand or the air.

Have a good time and enjoy live music again!