Leo Appleyard is a London based jazz guitarist who has performed all over the UK and Europe at venues and festivals including Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express (Dean St) The Spice of Life, Charlie Wrights, The Blue Note (Dublin), London Jazz Festival, Bagra jazz festival (Italy), Oldenburg jazz festival (Germany) and many others.
Leo has studied at The Royal Academy of Music – London, and Birmingham Conservatoire, where he has recieved tution from many notable musicians including Nick Smart, Phil Robson, Jez Franks, Dave Cliff, Jean Toussaint, Hans Koller and Mike Williams.
Over the years Leo has played/recorded with various artists including, Derek Nash, Jim Mullen, Duncan Eagles, Neil Yates, Max Luthert, Louie Palmer, Sam Leak, Paul Jordanous, Ted Carrasco and Simon Allen.
In June 2012, after a life-long interest in radio, Leo produced his first radio show – “New Jazz in Birmingham: The Second City Scene” – broadcast on UK Jazz Radio -Youtube Link to Show
In August 2013, Leo recorded his debut album, “Pembroke Road” featuring special guest Neil Yates (Tpt) alongside Duncan Eagles (Sax),Max Luthert (Bass), and Eric Ford (Drums). The album is set for release in September 2014 on F-IRE records and features nine original compositions – honed over a ten year musical relationship with his band.
“Leo is a fab guitarist & composer, definitely a real natural! This debut CD should firmly establish him as a new voice on the scene”Phil Robson