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. In 2015 Leo was nominated in the London Music Awards for Rising Star in the Jazz catergory.
Some notable performance and recording credits include: Kylie Minogue, Jamie Cullum, Gregory Porter, Submotion Orchestra, Anne-Marie, The BBC Proms, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra, Blue, Peter Andre, Mulatu Astatke, The Pete Long Big Band, Clare Teal, Jack Pack, Il Divo, Gillespiana, The Heliocentrics, Elaine Delmar, Jamie Davis, Vula Malinga, The Hackney Colliery Band, Dave Stewart, Alan Skidmore, Dick Pearce, Gene Calderazzo, Gareth Williams, Jim Mullen, Roman Holiday, Nina Ferro, Niamh Mcnally, Theo Jackson, Teotima Ensemble, Iain Mackenzie.
Leo's debut album, 'The Chase', features his quartet and special guests Alan Skidmore (tenor sax) and Quentin Collins (trumpet). It will be released on Ubuntu Music in late 2017.
The BBC Proms 2014: James Pearson Band