Hailed as one of Ireland’s brightest new Jazz talents, Joseph returns to Derry for Culture night to perform a mixed repertoire of original material and new arrangements of Jazz standards. with his trio of Derry based Jazz musicians.
Drop In anytime – Part of the Culture Night Mini Jazz, Funk & Soul Trail
Starting out as a teenage rock prodigy in his hometown of Derry, guitarist Joseph Leighton became interested in jazz after meeting MOBO nominated drummer David Lyttle, who he would go on to study and perform professionally with. Over the next few years his teachers would also include guitar icons Jesse van Ruller, Mike Walker and Peter Bernstein, following awards from Moving On Music and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. He also visited Canada to attend the Banff Centre’s Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music under the direction of Vijay Iyer in 2016.
“Leighton’s genre is assuredly jazz…one foot in the modernists’ camp. The other is firmly planted in a tradition that stretches from Jim Hall to Pat Metheny, his clean articulation and spacious phrasing accentuating an overtly melodic approach.” – All About Jazz