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Gus Leighton is an Australian contemporary tenor saxophonist based in Hobart, Tasmania. He is known for his improvisational skills and compositional style, drawing influence from notable saxophonists such as Lester Young, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, and Wayne Shorter. Gus is currently pursuing his PhD research at the University of Tasmania, focusing on these four saxophonists.

Aside from his research, Gus is actively involved in the music scene. He is a respected saxophonist, composer, arranger, and bandleader of various groups including Uncle Gus and The Rimshots, The Gus Leighton Quartet, and The Greenrises Jazz Orchestra. Gus has also performed at festivals and events as both a leader and accompanist, having shared the stage with artists like Dami Im, Andrew O'Keefe and The Melbourne Ska Orchestra.

Other acts Gus has supported include; Crooked Colours, The Wolfe Brothers, Mark Trevorrow (Bob Downe), John O'Hara, Henry Waggons, Mighty Duke, and The Lords.

Gus has released five albums in the past five years, showcasing his own projects. Additionally, he frequently collaborates with DJs, performing at festivals, weddings, and corporate events around the country.

Gus's talent and dedication have been acknowledged internationally, leading him to be a featured artist for two reputable companies; Syos Mouthpieces (France) and Bari Woodwind Inc. (USA). Gus has also been a featured artist in the Australian Jazz Real Book, a recipient of the Jack Duffy Memorial Award from the Hobart Jazz Club and the Musician's Union of Tasmania as well as a two-time nominee for a Tasmanian Young Achiever's award. 

Overall, Gus Leighton is making a significant impact on the Australian music scene with his unbridled energy, creativity, and passion for music.


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