At 7pm on February 9th, 2020 guitarist Joseph Leighton and his mentor, David Lyttle, will be performing at Toby’s Resort. Guitarist Joseph Leighton has been hailed as one of Ireland’s brightest new jazz talents. Now 22 years old, he and David have played over 60 dates in the Middle East, South East Asia, Ireland and are now bringing their performance to Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Joseph Leighton comes to Jamaica to trace his paternal Jamaican roots but as a teenager in Derry, Ireland he was initially a teenage rock prodigy. His interest in jazz was sparked after a meeting with David Lyttle, a MOBO nominated drummer. Following awards from Moving On Music and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, he has been under the tutelage of guitar icons such as Jesse van Ruller, Mike Walker and Peter Bernstein. In 2016, Joseph travelled to Canada to attend the Banff Centre’s Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music and was under the direction of Vijay Iyer.
The person who inspired Joseph down this jazz guitar path, David Lyttle, has been both a mentor and international tour partner. In the past year, in addition to his touring with Joseph, he has performed in China, North America, Holland, Spain, the Middle East, SE Asia and Switzerland. David is a MOBO Award nominated drummer and has been described by the Independent as ‘representing the best in jazz coming out of Ireland’. David being a prominent jazz drummer has collaborated with a long list of jazz visionaries from Kurt Rosenwinkel to Joe Lovano. In 2017 David brought the wonderful music of jazz to new audiences in the United States in his coast-to-coast residency performing for cowboys, bikers and UFO tourists, and more recently on his extensive Irish tour of small towns, villages and islands.
Admission: $1000JA with a complementary drink.