Graeme Blevins & Leo Richardson Quartet
Saturday 28th January 2023
Tickets: £20.00 Seat at a shared Table for 4 /£15.00 Seat – No Table
Show: 8:00pm-9:30pm – Single Set 75 min
Please note you can book for dinner either before or after the show.
The Hampstead Jazz Club is proud to present Graeme Blevins, one of the most in demand players on the British and Worldwide scene, who will join forces with HJC resident artist Leo Richardson for a night of music from the Cannonball Adderley Quintet album ‘Quintet in Chicago’ featuring John Coltrane.
The quartet, fronted by the 2 saxophonists, will be joined by the outrageous playing of Liam Dunachie on organ, and the incomparable Darren Beckett on drums. Expect toe tapping melodies, hard swing, and an evening of joyous music with the odd saxophone battle thrown in for good measure!
Graeme Blevins is a London-based, Australian born saxophonist. After graduating from the West Australian Conservatorium of Music in Perth, Graeme spent time in New York studying with Chris Potter and Seamus Blake, before relocating to London. Graeme has recorded and toured with Phil Collins (Going Back, 2009-2010), Robbie Williams (Swings Both Ways, 2013-2014), Kylie Minogue (X, 2008-2010), and was a member of the Kyle Eastwood Band (Clint’s bass playing son) from 2006-2014. In 2019 Graeme was one of the incredible band members who toured with Mark Knopfler on his world tour.
As a freelance musician, Graeme has performed with Quincy Jones, Charlie Hunter, Mark Ronson, Tom Jones, Taylor Swift, Martha Reeves, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, amongst others; in addition to recording many albums, film scores and TV shows.
Without a doubt, Leo Richardson is widely recognised to be one of the UK’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 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.
Some of Leo’s notable performance, touring and recording credits include: Kylie Minogue, Jamie Cullum, Gregory Porter, TLC, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Van Morrison, Ronnie Wood, Deep Purple, Beverley Knight, The BBC Proms, Ronnie Scott’s Allstars, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, Ben Sidran, Alan Skidmore, Eric Alexander, Joe Sanders, Willie Jones III, Dan Nimmer, Gary Husband, Dick Pearce, Norma Winstone…
Alto Sax – Graeme Blevins
Tenor Sax – Leo Richardson
Organ – Liam Dunachie
Drums – Darren Beckett
Please note, The Club is not licensed to allow access to Children under the age of 16 after 9pm, so for evening performances, please do not book tickets for children under the age of 16. Children aged 16 and above are welcome at any time.
For £20.00 Tickets:
Seats are not numbered and you will be seated at available tables. Please note tables seat 4 people, so for bookings of less than 4 people, you will be seated and share a table for 4.
For £15.00 Tickets:
This is a fully seated event. Seats are not numbered and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
Please note the Jazz Club is situated in the basement of the Duke of Hamilton Pub and access is via a number of stairs. The nearest toilets are situated on the 1st floor of the Pub.
Doors: 7:30 pm | Show: 8:00 pm