NEWS

October 2017

 

Sam is currently regularly working with:

 

image004image003THE 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 80`s!)

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).

Visit the band’s facebook page: image004 www.facebook.com/bandoftherealthing

 

image004 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTMNCJQPsa8#t=81 (You To Me Are Everything)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=chJqxT-gOFI (Can you feel the Force)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrwxwIG1jaE (Can’t Get By Without You)

 

 

 

image010EASY COMPANY JAZZ TRIO:

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.

Take a look at the web site: www.easycompanyjazztrio.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

image003THE BLUES BROTHERS APPROVED - The Blues Brothers show that is officially approved by Dan Aykroyd and Judith Belushi.

Sam is really pleased to be the keyboard player for this fantastic show produced by, and starring Brad Henshaw.

This entertaining, 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 organ.

With gigs in the U.K. and throughout Europe visit www.bluesbrothersofficialsite.com for further information.

 

 

 

image006SUNCHASER:

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 numerous occassions.

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

 

 

image008The Crissy Lee Quartet:

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

image007Martin 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.

 

 

 

image003xi byimage002The ZAK BARRETT QUARTET:

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).

The Quartet (now with Martin Johnson on drums www.martinmagicjohnson.com) released their second album, ‘JAZZLIGHTIN’ in 2007. Visit: www.myspace.com/zakbarrettquartet

‘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 function bands:

PLATINUM GOLD www.functionband.com

Selwyn Dorfman’s THE GERSHWIN GANG www.gershwingang.co.uk

URBAN BLUE http://www.urbanbluemusic.co.uk

 

 

MUSIC COPYING

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.

 

BACKING TRACKS

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.

 

 

 

lotusTHE 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

 

 

 

 

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