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THE MOON AND I
THE MOON AND I
THE MOON AND I
2nd May 2020
"I appreciate musicians that understand that simply being the very best musician you can possibly be is what's most important, while also understanding that those skills mirror your inner self. Gabriel is an excellent musician and one hell of a nice guy." CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE
"For my money, London-born Gabriel Latchin is the best straight-ahead jazz pianist to appear in the past few years... I'll Be Home for Christmas – the gift that keeps on giving." The Guardian ⭐⭐⭐⭐
British pianist, composer and bandleader, Gabriel Latchin has made a name for himself as one of the UK’s finest musicians, praised by critics and world renowned musicians alike. Known for his effortlessly swinging feel, deep repertoire and compelling performances, Jazzwise recently described his playing as “impeccable... the clarity of his lines evoking something of Hank Jones or Tommy Flanagan”.
2020 saw the release of I’ll Be Home for Christmas, his third album as a leader. The collection of songs features new arrangements of beloved classics, including “White Christmas”, “Silent Night” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. This builds on the success of Latchin’s 2019 album The Moon and I - over 20 million streams so far - which was met with critical acclaim worldwide: “this is a masterpiece that shows the true skill of his composition” - Jazz Japan.
"this stalwart on the London jazz scene exhibits a swinging dynamism and a cool, relaxed temperament" - DOWNBEAT
“Flawless.” - London Jazz News
Featuring a first-call London rhythm section - Dario Di Lecce and Josh Morrison on double bass and drums respectively - the music demonstrates the great strides taken both by Latchin as an individual and the trio as a whole since the release of his 2017 debut record Introducing: “Elegant, tasteful and swinging!” - Renée Fleming.
Recognised as a talented composer and arranger, Latchin’s writing is fresh and original, whilst reflecting his serious study of the jazz piano tradition. On I’ll Be Home for Christmas Latchin presents well-known songs through the eyes of his musical idols. For example, how might Bill Evans approach a Christmas song? What would Ahmad Jamal do with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”?
An in-demand sideman across a range of projects, Latchin was personally invited by Christian McBride to perform with himself and Renée Fleming at Wigmore Hall. He is also the musical director for Claire Martin and Ray Gelato’s touring show, Let There Be Love.
A regular performer at London’s premier jazz venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Jazz Club and the 606, Latchin can often be heard with contemporaries Sara Dowling, Atila, Nat Steele’s ‘Portrait of the MJQ’ and The Steve Fishwick Quartet. He has also performed with Salena Jones, Roy Hargrove, Jason Marsalis, Ronnie Cuber and Grant Stewart.
"Elegant, tasteful and swinging!” - Renée Fleming
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