Here’s an event I’ve lent my full support to, indeed had more than a little hand in making happen! I’m a big fan.
Steel pan player Leon Foster Thomas is a winner of the World Steelband Music Festival’s Soloist and Duet competitions in 2002 and 2004. He has worked with artists such as: Hugh Masekela, Melton Mustafa, Vince Mendoza, Richard Smallwood, Kevin Mahogany, Len “Boogsie” Sharpe, Dolly Parton, Slinger Francisco “The Mighty Sparrow”, Cyril Neville, and many more. His latest release, Metamorphosis, on Ropeadope Records exemplifies his growth and maturation as a musician. Honing his in-depth talents as a musical storyteller, Leon has produced an album which perfectly illustrates his transformative journey. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Foster, as he is also called, was born in the southern city of San Fernando. He credits his parents, for his musical voice and local pan yards for his initial musical training.
This is Leon’s London debut as leader and he will play Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho on Thursday August 3rd with his US band. For full details and tickets click here.
10 Dean Street,
Tel: 020 7439 4962
Watch Leon Foster Thomas perform Wayne Shorter’s ‘Footprints’ in session at Jazz FM.