The Leo Richardson Quartet - feat: Rick Simpson, Mark Lewandowski and Ed Richardson
"I have known Leo Richardson for several years and in my view he is destined to become one of the finest jazz tenor saxophone players this country has produced. He has a rare natural talent" - Alan Skidmore.
Leo is a “sax player capable of projecting to audiences in the manner of Joshua Redman” - Sebastian Scotney
Leo Richardson is the son of veteran jazz double bassist Jim Richardson and is widely recognised to be one of London's leading Jazz Tenor Saxophonists.
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.
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 renowned musicians at acclaimed venues such as Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, The Royal Albert Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Cadogan Hall, The Vortex Jazz Club and Glastonbury Music Festival.
Some notable performance credits include: Mulatu Astatke, Jamie Cullum, Gregory Porter, The BBC Proms, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra, Blue, Peter Andre, The London Jazz Festival, The Pete Long Big Band, Clare Teal, Gillespiana, The Heliocentrics, Vula Malinga, The Hackney Colliery Band, Dave Stewart, Alan Skidmore, Dick Pearce, Gene Calderazzo, Gareth Williams, Jim Mullen, Roman Holiday, Nina Ferro, Niamh Mcnally, Iain Mackenzie.
Leo is currently involved in London based projects including: The Leo Richardson Quartet, Teotima Ensemble, The Chaos Orchestra, Realms Project, Kai's Cats, The Harry Christelis Quartet, FUR, The Prototypes, Atlantic Soul Orchestra, Emmanuel Adelabu Band, Theo Jackson.