About:

Gus Leighton is a 24-year-old Australian contemporary tenor saxophonist based in Hobart Tasmania. Growing up listening to a variety of music, Gus soon developed an affinity with the sounds of jazz and country music which have had a significant impact upon his career. Gus’ improvisational and compositional language is heavily influenced by Lester Young, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz and Wayne Shorter. These four saxophonists have become the focus of Gus’ PhD Thesis topic (currently) titled ‘Creating an original sound: a study of Lester Young’s improvisational language, its influence on Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon and Wayne Shorter, and, how this has informed my development as an improviser.' Gus is a well-respected saxophonist, composer, arranger and bandleader of ‘Uncle Gus and The Rimshots’ and ‘The Gus Leighton Quartet’ and is working on many other projects which include the newly established band, The Glass 1/2 Fools (others to be announced soon). Gus performs at a variety of different festivals/events as both a leader and accompanist - notably supporting Dami Im at the Festival of Voices Big Sing Bonfire in 2019 and Andrew O'Keefe for the Hobart show of  Andrew O'Keefe 'Shouts' Johnny O'Keefe. June of 2019 saw the release of Gus' first album of original music with The Gus Leighton Quartet. Gus is making a name for himself on the Hobart music scene as a hardworking, passionate musician who brings unbridled energy and enthusiasm to any project he is involved in. Gus is proud to be a representative artist of Bari Woodwind Inc. and Syos Saxophone Mouthpieces

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