Sam Edwards G.C.L.C.M.

BIOGRAPHY

 

* Biography

 

Sam was born in London in 1970 to a musical family; his mother and sister both are professional musicians. Sam studied classical music at the Colchester institute for 2 years from 1986 where he attained grade 8 Piano, grade 8 theory of music and two ‘A’ levels (Theory and Practical) in music. Sam then graduated with a 1st in Jazz and Contemporary music from the City of Leeds College of music in 1991. (1st study: Piano / Keyboards. 2nd study: Arranging).

As a professional musician Sam has worked in many areas of the music industry, below are listed just some of his work credits as either a Keyboard player, Pianist, or Musical Director:

 

PERFORMER:

STAR ACTS: Boney M, Brotherhood of Man, Eden Kane, George McRae, Jackie Graham, Jimmy James, JTQ, Marty Wilde, Mike Berry, Odyssey, Paul Da Vinci, Rose Royce, The Commitments, The Contours, The Drifters, The Real Thing.

SHOW BANDS: Katy Setterfield tribute to Dusty Springfield, The Official Blues Brothers, Sisters of Soul, Reach Out (Motown Show), The History of Motown, Sweet Home Chicago (Blues Brothers show), How sweet it Is (Motown show), Tribute to the Carpenters, Stars in their eyes ‘Magic of Motown’ & ‘Legends of Rock’, Walk Right Back, Terry Nash ‘Meatloaf’, Karen Noble tribute to Dusty Springfield, Heart & Soul, Elvis ‘That’s the way it was’ & ‘King Rocker’ shows featuring Steve Ballard.

THEATRE: Newpalm Productions: Musical Director / Arranger / Composer and Keyboard player for Pantomime at Chelmsford civic theatre for 16 years. Musical director and 1st  keys player for Newpalm Productions for their productions of; ‘Rocky Horror Show’, ‘Me & My Girl’, ‘Joseph’ and ‘Peter Pan’. Born to Perform (M.D. 4 years), Barry Stacie Productions (M.D. for numerous children’s shows),

Keyboard player for professional productions of; ‘West Side Story’, ‘Grease’, ‘Chess’, ‘Anything Goes’.

FUNCTION BANDS:  The Usual Suspects, Urban Blue, Platinum Gold, Sweet Freedom, Masquerade, What is Hip, Prophecy, Tony Evans Orchestra.

JAZZ: The Claire Harper Quartet / Duo, Easy Company Jazz Trio, Crissy Lee Quartet, New Shoes, the Fellowship of Funk, Export, Glenn Miller Orchestra (Europe), Zak Barrett Quartet, Rob Hughes Quartet, Steve Creese Quintet, Martin Dobson’s Midnight Oil, Mervyn Wright Big Band, Sam Edwards Trio (plus guests such as; Alan Barnes, Phil Snack, Jo Fookes, Simon Spillett and Bruce Adams amongst many others).

 

ARRANGER / COMPOSER:

Barrie Stacey Productions

BBC

Boney M

Born To Perform

Capital Radio

Claire Harper Quartet

Essex FM

Fulham Palace

Heart & Soul

Hylands House (Chelmsford Council)

How Sweet It Is

Katy Setterfield

Make Believe Dance and Theatre School

New Shoes

Newpalm Productions

North Star Music

Prophecy

Reach Out

Sisters of Soul

Tiffany Theatre College

Zak Barrett Quartet

 

Sam is a registered member of the P.R.S.

 

 

RECORDING:

Extensive studio and live recording work with many of the above-mentioned artists.

Several Albums and CDs’ available including Sam’s own Album, ‘LOOKING BOTH WAYS’ (1998), two albums with The Claire Harper Quartet, ‘THE CLAIRE HARPER QUARTET’ (2000) and ‘CRY ME A RIVER’ (2001), New Shoes ‘SEE YOU ON THE ICE’ (2002) and The Zak Barrett Quartet’s ‘XI by IV’ (2002) and ‘JAZZLIGHTING’ (2006). Paul Da Vinci ‘DA VINCI & THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT’ (2008), Katy Setterfield ‘KATY SETTERFIELD’ (2012). MIDNIGHT OIL (2013).

 

EQUIPMENT:

Behringer MX 802        Mixing Desk

Cubase SE                   Sequencer

Cubase VST                 Sequencer

Encore                          Music Scoring Software

JBL Eon 10                  Powered speakers x2

Korg MS-2000              Analogue Synth

Korg T-2                       Workstation Synth

Roland D-50                 Synthesizer

Roland JV 1080           Sound Module

Roland JV 2080           Sound Module

Roland RD-300            Digital Piano

Roland RD-700sx        Digital Piano

Roland SC-88              Sound Canvas Module

Roland VK-7                 Combo Organ

Roland XP-50               JV 1080 w/Keyboard

Roland XP-60               Workstation Synth

Sibelius 6                      Music Scoring Software

Sony CDR-W               C.d. writer

Sony JE-510                Mini-disc recorder

Sound Forge 4.5          Audio Editor

Yamaha DX7                Synthesizer

Yamaha P-90                Digital Piano

Yamaha Pf-10              E.Piano

Zoom RFX-300            Digital Multi effect unit

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