Joe Leader

Eros Ramazzotti

Artist Bio

Joe has spent all of his life playing music. Born into a musical family (his mother, Lucille Orden Leader, is a professional concert pianist), Joe and his first band won the “Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Awards” aged sixteen. He went on to study music at London’s Guild Hall school of Music and then at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Joe’s first class honours degree in Music Technology from LCMM enabled him to produce his own debut album and subsequent EP’s & Singles. As a D’Addario sponsored artist, with over 100,000 fans on Facebook, Joe’s debut album, Seductive Sax, has 135 global radio plays per week and reached the Top 20 in the US Jazz charts. His incredible career has taken him all over the world, performing on stage with such greats as Eros Ramazzotti, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Stephen Gately, Pharrell Williams, Joss Stone, Sandie Shaw, Beverley Knight, Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Mindi Abair. When he is not seducing fans across the world with his saxophone, Joe can be found practicing Aikido, a Japanese martial art in which he has a 2nd Degree Black Belt. Both, says Joe, help to focus mind, body and soul on his art. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sydmonton Festival – July 1996 (performed alongside Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Linda Brava) Cape Town ‘Jazzathon’ (Featured Artist with Camillo Lombard) – Jan 2002 60th Anniversary D-Day Celebrations/Literary Festival in Trouville, France – 2004 “Joe Leader Collective” Gala show at Cafe De Paris – Sep 2007 (20-Piece showband in association with Absolut Vodka) Featured with The Symphony Orchestra of India – Indian Cultural Festival (Mumbai and Chennai) – Jan 2011 Global Angels Awards show (The Brewery, London, England) – Dec 2012 (with Joss Stone, Beverley Knight and Sandie Shaw) Featured shows at The Leicester Square Theatre, London, England – June 2012/2013 • Debut performance on the ‘Dave Koz & Friends at Sea’ Smooth Jazz cruise – Oct 2013 (with Dave Koz, Gerald Albright and Mindi Abair). Debut performance at The Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean St, London – Feb 2014 Featured soloist with Italian Pop legend, Eros Ramazzotti – Perfetto World Tour 2015/16.