is currently regularly working with:
“THE REAL THING deserve the title Britain’s
No 1 Soul Band. With three number one hits in the 70`s: ‘You to me are Everything’,
‘Can’t Get by Without You’ & ‘Can You Feel the Force’ (all No 1 again in
The UK`s best selling black group of the late 70`s -
only The Beatles & Frankie goes to Hollywood have had more singles in the
all time top 100.”
2017 has yet again
been a very busy year for the Real Thing performing over 70 gigs at theatres,
clubs and festivals all over the U.K.
Over the summer they
performed at many of the country’s biggest summer festivals in Perth,
Cambridge, Norwich, Tring and Brentwood to name just a few. There are still
many gigs in the diary for the rest of the year so check out the date sheet to catch
this superb show – with an excellent band featuring, Sam, Jon Bower (Bass) John
Chapman (Sax) Stuart Ansell (Guitar) and Danny Rose (Drums).
Back in 2010 Sam
started a Jazz Trio with Trevor Newnham on Bass Guitar and Graham Cutil on
drums to provide music for functions and corporate work. Now going from
strength to strength the trio can be seen regularly playing at the Rendezvous Casino
in Southend (last Sunday of every month) amongst many other venues in the Essex
/ London area.
Originally formed in 1996, Sunchaser was a
collaboration between Neil Robinson and Sam Edwards to produce and record a
track for the acclaimed JTI album 'Scored one nil'. They recorded a funky
upbeat version of the ‘Sportsnight’ theme tune which became one of the
favourite tracks of the album and was played on BBC Radio 2 and Jazz FM on
Move on 20 years and Neil and Sam, who have always had a passion for rare groove
and funky soul jazz, decided to reform Sunchaser to become a live act to
perform the music they love with adrenaline fuelled enthusiasum inspired by
great Artists such as Blue Mitchel, Stanley Turrentine, Milt Jackson, Bobby
Lyle, Grant Green and Herbie Hancock. Andy Staples on Bass was an obvious
choice to complete the rhythm section and long term friend, Zak Barrett, was then
invited to complete the line up on Tenor saxophone.
After 20 years, Sunchaser will be
back in the studio to record an EP which will be available soon and will be out
gigging very soon! In the meantime have a listen at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN5Wr85WmCc and www.myspace.com/sunchaser12
Every month Sam plays
with the incredible drummer Crissy Lee and her quartet with Sam (Piano) Bernie
Hodgkins (Double Bass) and Simon Hurley www.simonhurley.co.uk
(Guitar) at the M.I.C.A. centre on West Mersea (visit: www.merseacentre.org)
Just released is
there superb new CD, “My Favourite Things”
“It’s her first quartet album, and a shining example of the
genre, in which choice of fine repertoire played by superb musicians in an
adventurous but accessible style makes for irresistible jazz listening… and for
me this is one quartet album for this or any year.” – Digby Fairweather
Dobson’s MIDNIGHT OIL:
Sam was been working
with sax player Martin Dobson (Marvin Gaye / Mezzoforte / Annie Lennox to mention but a
few!) for several years now playing in Jazz clubs / venues,
restaurants, for corporate functions & weddings as a duo, trio and with the
superb Essex based band ‘Midnight Oil’ featuring; Martin Dobson (Sax / flute)
Sam (Piano) Bernie Hodgkins (Double Bass) and the fantastic Crissy Lee (Drums).
To book the band or
to purchase Midnight Oil’s latest CD recorded in 2013 contact Martin via his
web site: www.martindobson.com.
BROTHERS APPROVED - The
Blues Brothers show that is officially approved by Dan Aykroyd and Judith
Sam is really pleased
to be the keyboard player for this fantastic show produced by, and starring
high energy show includes Jake and Elwood and the three Bluesettes and a
seriously kicking 6 piece band featuring the three ‘Mian’ brothers; Alan
(Musical Director and bass player), David (trumpet), and Ricky (sax) as well as
Andy Sapphire on Guitar, Tony Jones on drums and Sam on piano and Hammond
With gigs in the U.K.
and throughout Europe visit www.bluesbrothersofficialsite.com
for further information.
The quartet released their first album, ‘XI by IV’ in
January 2003. It consists of all original music composed by Zak and features: Pete
Riley (drums), Andy Staples (bass), Sam (piano / keyboards) and Zak (sax).
‘Featuring a line up of some of the hottest jazz talent in
the area they perform lively, funk-induced jazz of the highest quality. The
quartet play completely original material by Barrett and Edwards.’
Keep an eye on Sam’s
date sheet to see when to catch this great modern Jazz Fusion band.
If you wish to
purchase ‘XI BY IV’ or ‘JAZZLIGHTIN’ please e-mail (see below).
Other work for Sam
during 2017 will probably also include gigs with:
HOW SWEET IT IS,
MOTIOWN’S GREATEST HITS www.howsweet.co.uk
ZAK’S FELLOWSHIP OF
FUNK featuring: Zak Barrett (sax), Guthrie Govan (Guitar), Pete Riley (Drums)
and Seth Govan (Bass). Often to be found at the Bassment in Chelmsford.
And the excellent
Sam offers a professional
music copying service providing excellent, common sense,
accurate and superbly presented charts at very reasonable rates.
Click link for more details.
Sam transcribes, arranges and records
backing tracks. Clients include various dance / theatre schools including ‘Make
believe’ productions (www.makebelievegroup.co.uk),
Tiffany’s theatre college in Southend (www.tiffanytheatrecollege.com)
and Claire Cooper’s Billericay Dance Centre amongst many others. Sam also
composed and performed the score for a documentary on ‘Hylands House’ in
Chelmsford (released in the autumn of 2003) and ‘Fulham Palace’ (2006/’07) both
short films by Phil Rhodes.
THE LOTUS STRING QUARTET is made up of four freelance professional musicians
(two violins, viola and cello) playing in and around London, Hertfordshire,
Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Essex and Kent. The Quartet is set up to cater for all
tastes in music and is experienced in entertaining for all occasions. Visit
their web site: www.lotus-string-quartet.co.uk