Eros Ramazzotti ‘Perfetto’ World Tour
JOE ON TOUR
Joe was the featured saxophonist with Italian Pop legend, Eros Ramazzotti, on a four-year album World Tour (2015 - 2018), entitled, ‘Perfetto’. They performed over 100 shows, in 38 countries, to packed arenas of 15,000 screaming fans!
Accompanied by a band of the finest international musicians, this show was a powerful and passionate musical experience. With a custom laser show and animation on a massive video screen, audiences around the world were enthralled! 16 gigantic trucks, 150 staff, travelled with them to create and support this colossal production.
‘PERFETTO’ TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Joe’s tour highlights included performances at such prestigious venues as The Verona Arena, Vienna Stadthalle, The Barclays Centre NY and The LA Microsoft Theatre. Festivals included the Starlight Festival in Marbella, The Nammos Festival in Mykonos, with special TV performances on Italy’s renowned Radio Italia TV, and the Viña del Mar International Song Festival, Chile.
HUMOUR & INSPIRATION
“It was true honour to be invited to perform with Eros, at some of the most beautiful Arenas in the world. He inspired me to create free-style improvisations to entertain our international audiences, as a fun interlude during the show. We played the Can-Can in Paris, the Theme from The Godfather in Sicily, and La Cucaracha in Mexico! Precision, passion and humour were essential to the show, making it a truly unique and enjoyable experience!” – Joe Leader
LIVE SAX at The Leicester Square Theatre, London.
LIVE SAX was an exciting theatrical show, dedicated to the music of Joe’s debut live album, ‘Seductive Sax’. This energetic and inspirational show featured many of Joe’s modern arrangements of his favourite songs, which he grew up with. These included Eden Ahbez’s ‘Nature Boy’, Steve Wonder’s ‘Isn’t She Lovely’, and Grover Washington Jr.’s ‘Just the ‘Two of Us’ - all featured on Joe’s debut album!
Our celebrity guest MC, Rudolph Walker CBE, introduced the show, with his dulcet tones and deep seductive voice. His presence set the tone and created the ‘Seductive Sax’ atmosphere!
Creating original medleys, crossing genres from Jazz, Latin and RnB, Joe’s exciting show kept the audience on the edge of their seats! Dynamic mood lighting, together with Joe’s inspiring introductions, enveloped the audience in a magical atmosphere! There was even choreographed dancing on stage, as Joe invited his backing vocalists for a spin, during the Latin solos!
FOR ALL WE KNOW
Joe included an RnB version of Donny Hathaway’s passionate love song, ‘For All We Know’, as well as a soprano saxophone version of Chopin’s Nocturne No.20, to honour his mother, South African Concert Pianist, Lucille Orden Leader. These songs would later become part of Joe’s beautiful EP recording, entitled, ‘Nocturne’.
RITE OF PASSAGE
This exhilarating show concluded with the first of Joe’s new Cinematic style songs, entitled ‘Rite of Passage’ - a powerful and emotive journey from boy to man, which would later become part of his original Cinematic album, ‘Healing the Heart’. The Leicester Square audience erupted in thunderous applause and Joe and the band received a standing ovation! An amazing way to end the show!
Joe Leader 'Charity Gala Concert'
GALA CONCERT - JW3
After Joe’s thrilling performance at the Global Angels Charity Awards (with Joss Stone, Beverley Knight and Sandie Shaw), Joe and his all-star band gave a Gala Concert, in aid of the Anne Frank Trust UK.
Hosted by the new London venue, JW3, 1st October 2014, Joe and his 7-piece band presented an exciting programme of music, fusing soulful Jazz with R&B, Rock and Pop, to create a thrilling Jazz performance.
ANNE FRANK TRUST UK
As a special tribute to the Anne Frank Trust, Joe created a beautiful and poignant arrangement of Ennio Morricone’s ‘Love Theme’ from Cinema Paradiso. Joe said “The beautiful story of this song and movie, really encapsulates the kindness and respect shown to the victims of tragedy, which this special charity embodies in their work”. There was not a dry eye in the house, after this song was played! Enjoy the special video of this performance.
As a special feature, the talented vocalist - Louise Clare Marshall, sang the vocal part of Joe’s Seductive Sax’ album arrangement of ‘Nature Boy!’ Louise regularly features with the ‘Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues orchestra’, as well as being a successful Solo Artist in the UK. Enjoy the ‘Nature Boy’ riff-off in the video from this event!
Band members: Louise Clare Marshall (lead & backing vocalist), Beverley Skeete (backing vocalist), Kelly Barnes (backing vocalist), David Foster (keyboard), Dario Cortese (guitar), Philip Mann (bass), Westley Joseph (drums).
‘SEDUCTIVE SAX’ ALBUM
After some light-hearted musical arrangements from the ‘Seductive sax’ album including ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ and ‘Just the Two of Us’, there was a special guest performance by Joe’s mother, Lucille Orden Leader, a former South African Concert Pianist. They played a wonderful version of Chopin’s Nocturne No.20, for Soprano Saxophone and Piano. As a tribute to her, Joe recorded this beautiful rendition on his ‘Nocturne’ EP, together with his mother and the British Sinfonietta – Recorded at RAK Studios, London.
HOPE & INSPIRATION
The show concluded with a passionate RnB version of ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New’, originally made famous by The Stylistics. As Joe says, “Leaving the audience with a sense of hope, positivity and inspiration, is the aim of all my shows, to enable people to believe in limitless possibilities!” The audience truly went home uplifted, after such an exceptional show!
Cape Town Jazz Festival, South Africa
JOE & CAPE TOWN
Joe spent many summers during his formative years in Cape Town, South Africa, where his family originally lived, before moving to the UK.
During his time in Cape Town, Joe was introduced to the local music scene, and drew much inspiration from the wonderful musicians in the area. In his twenties, Joe was lucky enough to meet one of Cape Town’s most influential musicians, pianist and band leader, Camillo Lombard. Camillo invited to Joe to study and perform in Cape Town, and even secured him private lessons with some of Cape Town’s greatest saxophone players.
JOE & CAMILLO
It was a unique experience, as after a full day of private master classes and study at UCT (University of Cape Town), Camillo would invite Joe to perform at the hottest music venues in town! As Joe describes, “Cape Town and Camillo helped me to find my musical soul, and to flow effortlessly with any style of music.”
JOE AT THE JAZZATHON
At the end of his time in Cape Town, Joe was featured at the prestigious Cape Town Jazz Festival, called the ‘Standard Bank Jazzathon 2002’, hosted at Cape Town’s beautiful V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre. This was a seminal moment for Joe, as he described this as his “graduation present from Camillo!” Even more special, was that Joe’s 90-year-old grandmothers were there to see his final performance!
A decade later, Joe was invited to feature again with Camillo and his band at the prestigious V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre, for a special Gospel Christmas concert. A spontaneous and inspired rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’ was captured on video, for everyone to enjoy!