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Leo Green

By the age of 20, Leo was playing sax for Rock ‘n’ Roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis, who declared Leo “The greatest sax player I have ever worked with”.

Following two years touring all over the world with Jerry, Leo then joined Van Morrison’s band for several years, appearing throughout the world, playing concerts, festivals and theatres. During this period, Leo recorded many albums with Van, as a soloist and as an arranger

Leo has worked with a who’s who of music:  Jools Holland, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, James Brown, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Jones, Ronnie Wood, Paul Weller, Chrissie Hynde, Lionel Richie, Sting, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Ray Davies, Jeff Beck, Joss Stone, Bryan Adams, Bryan Ferry, Carl Perkins, Bo Diddley, Ben E. King, Sam Moore, John Dankworth, Clarence Clemons, Noel Gallagher, Georgie Fame, Paul Carrack, Lulu, Jamiroquai, Lisa Stansfield, Cerys Matthews, Heather Small, The Stereophonics, Mick Hucknall, Robbie Williams, Gabrielle, Sir Paul McCartney and many others.

Leo joined the BBC Radio 2 line-up in 2013 and has since presented many shows for the station, including his highly acclaimed “Sounds Of The 50s” shows, his “Leo Green Remembers…” series and his “In Conversation…” series, which has featured Leo in conversation with Sir Van Morrison, amongst others.

Leo was a judge on BBC1’s hit Saturday night show, “Our Way” and as well as writing for various publications, including GQ and The Guardian, he also performs all over the world with his own band.

In 2011, Leo co-founded Bluesfest, an annual festival which now takes place at London’s iconic 02, at the end of October ever year.

Leo says: I can’t wait to get on the road with “Rip It Up” and bring the 50s back to life, as we perform so many of the classic and loved songs from the decade that had everything!”