Joseph Leighton Trio


Joseph Leighton is one of the finest young jazz guitarists to emerge on the Irish jazz scene. He has performed alongside established jazz musicians Meilana Gillard, John Leighton and MOBO nominee David Lyttle.

He was selected as one of Moving On Music’s ‘Emerging Artists’ in 2016, and was one of the youngest musicians to be awarded a place on the Jazz Course at the Banff Centre, Canada. Having since studied with the likes of David Lyttle, Mike Walker, Vijay Iyer and Jesse Van Ruller, Leighton has swiftly developed his own voice mixing traditional and contemporary approaches and performing a combination of jazz standards with original material.

A regular on the jazz scene in his hometown of Derry, Joseph has performed recently at Brilliant Corners Festival of Jazz in Belfast, Derry City Jazz festival, Ards International Guitar Festival and Stendhal Festival of Art.

With his recently established Joseph Leighton Trio, featuring James Anderson (drums) and Jack Kelly (bass), he is a talent to watch.

“Joseph Leighton acquits himself superbly…a unique on stage presence through casual appearance and understated instrumental command.” – The Big List

“…the guitarist has at least one foot in the modernists’ camp. The other is firmly planted in a tradition that stretches from Jim Hall to Pat Metheny” All About Jazz