We Are Leif + Will Hobson's Groove Merchants

We Are Leif + Will Hobson's Groove Merchants

17th March 2019

Led by the songwriting team of Louise Victoria and Mark Whitlam, We Are Leif are currently touring to promote their acclaimed debut release, ‘Breathe’.

This group deftly span the balance of contemporary jazz sensibilities with the groove and sound world more associated with Neo Soul, R'n'B and downtempo. Musically there are nods in the direction of Erykah Badu, London Grammar and Jill Scott, while retaining a classic Bristol sound, steeped in the history, and ethereal and haunting elements of bands like Portishead and Massive Attack.

Hark back to the 90s Acid Jazz-led heyday of jazz influenced sounds breaking into the mainstream - thanks to bands such as Brand New Heavies and Incognito - and you have an idea where WAL are coming from.

Blending their improv jazz chops with Neo Soul and R‘n’B, then giving it a smoky, backstreet club vibe borrowed from Trip Hop and unmistakably Bristolian, with ‘Breathe’ We Are Leif have created something that is reassuringly familiar yet excitingly new.

Between them, the band members have worked with the likes of ECM artists Andy Sheppard and Iain Ballamy, plus Joss Stone, Beverley Knight, Jason Rebello, Clare Teal, Adrian Utley of Portishead, Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory, The Black Crowes’ Mark Ford and Type Sun.

Louise Victoria (Vocals), Dale Hambridge (Piano/Keyboards), Chris Jones (Electric Bass), Mark Whitlam (Drums/Electronics).

+ Support
Supporting are Will Hobson’s Groove Merchants, comprising first year jazz students studying at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Fronted by former Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra pianist Will Hobson, the band members have a diverse range of influences spanning the decades - from jazz’s inception to the modern day. Their support set will focus on groove-based music, playing original tunes alongside other musicians' compositions, with stimuli including Mike Stern, Robert Glasper, Aaron Parks and Pat Metheny.

Will Hobson (Piano), Francisco Garcia de Paredes (Guitar), Olly Meredith (Bass), Callum Murray (Drums).

". . . clear musical ideas used as the basis for fresh interpretation within their chosen form, and thanks to the singer’s confidence and clarity, the results have an integration that belies the comparative newness of their project." - B247.com on ‘Breathe’.

“Murmur has upped their game. What was already a great band has upped it even further.” - Jamie Cullum.

“Well judged, well executed and based on some very accomplished songwriting, this is a fantastic slice of down-beat music for upbeat people.” - Tap The Feed.

"While ‘I’ve Found You’ may be the stand-out track, there is much to love about ‘Breathe’ in its entirety. In fact, starting at the beginning and listening to the end will make you happier with your life." - A Little More Vodka.

“We Are Leif will blossom likewise, but on the strength of this compelling live performance, they’ve already made an excellent beginning.” - B24/7

Tickets £14 / £12 Concessions
Jazz Express Offer: Book for any three gigs and get tickets for just £10 each!
Doors open 7.00pm, starts 7.30pm

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