How did this new album and overall concept for it come about, and what are your ultimate goals with it?
It was originally intended as just a recording to capture my debut solo Smooth Jazz gig. The show featured a collection of some of my favourite Smooth Jazz tunes, which I arranged, ‘Seductive Sax’ style! After listening back to the recording, I realised that we had captured such an inspired live gig, that I felt it deserved to be shared. My goal for the album is to introduce Saxman - Joe Leader to the world of Smooth Jazz…and beyond! I hope that it truly touches the hearts of my audience every time they listen to it.
How would you describe what inspires you to do what you do?
I was born to be a performer. As the Son of a famous concert Pianist, it is in my blood. My mother taught me to think about the emotion I wish to convey to my audience, though my music. As an ‘Artist’ my playing has to be an extension of who I am. When I play, my intention is to “make atmosphere” with each note, each movement, each breath.
What elements do you look for in a song that makes it especially satisfying for you to perform?
I look for a song that has a strong melody and with that certain something that touches my heart. The song must have the potential to be re-worked, allowing my creative self to explore a fusion of different styles within the Smooth Jazz Genre – Jazz, Blues, B&B, Soul, Latin and many more…
What in your life outside of your music drives you in a creative sense?
I have studied the Japanese martial art Aikido, since I was 7 years old, and now hold a 2nd Degree Black belt.
What would be the most important piece of advice you’d impart to a young musician just starting out in the jazz/smooth jazz arena?
Always have passion for what you do. If it gets you out of bed in the morning with a smile on your face and fire in your heart, then you’re doing the right thing! Focus on your intention and purpose
What’s your favourite charity or cause you work for, and why?
It is an honour to be a Global Ambassador for the ‘Global Angels’ foundation. This is a ‘100% Promise’ charity which affects positive change to millions of underprivileged children and their