Sam Massey is a well-regarded UK-based trumpet player, bandleader/composer and educator, hailed as a “fine trumpet player” by John Fordham of the Guardian (Mike Westbrook ‘A Bigger Show’ Review, February 2016).
He has performed alongside top-class musicians from across the UK in a wide variety of genres, including: Mike Westbrook OBE, Clare Teal, Hannah Williams & The Affirmations, Eliza Carthy MBE, The Black Voices, Noel Langley, Dick Pearse, Jason Rebello and Iain Ballamy.
As a freelance performer, arranger and composer, he and his music has been broadcast on numerous BBC, Absolute Radio, Jazz FM and RAI Radio 3 (Italy) programmes and is found on critically acclaimed albums by artists as diverse as Ocean Colour Scene, Mike Westbrook, PP Arnold and The Simmertones.
Performing with ensembles across the UK & Europe, Sam has performed to sell-out crowds at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, The Welsh Millennium Centre, Kings Place Hall One, Gaz Arte (Athens), Boardmasters Festival, Bestival and St Ives Jazz Club.
As a jazz artist, Sam is a regular member of Mike Westbrook’s “Uncommon Orchestra”, releasing their debut album ‘A Bigger Show Live’ produced by Jon Hiseman to critical acclaim in 2016, and has since featured at top jazz venues across the country. His own jazz projects include a 7-piece Ensemble featuring his own compositions and arrangements, as well as a highly renowned quartet and quintet. Sam’s jazz projects have featured at venues including Teignmouth Jazz Festival, The Bebop Club and The Future Inn, Bristol.
Sam has studied trumpet with Dean Wright (Professor of Trumpet at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama) and Brian Rance and jazz trumpet with Nick Malcolm. In addition, he has attended masterclasses with internationally acclaimed Alison Balsom, Eric Vloiemans, Crispian Steele-Perkins and Steve Waterman.
His composition, arrangement and harmony tutors include Nigel Wood, Dr Glyn Jenkins and Philip Harper and is showcasing his arrangement and composition skills in new six-piece classical crossover wind ensemble ‘Superlocrian’, as well as his Ensemble.
Sam has a passion for teaching and education projects are a key part of his musical life.
He is an experienced brass tutor, teaching both individually and at group level in a number of educational institutions.
As a jazz educator, he has worked with Nick Malcolm, Mark Bassey (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Trinity Laban Conservatoire), Andy Tweed (jazz tutors at Wells Cathedral School/Birmingham Conservatoire), Tom Green and Lewis Riley, and is a founder member of South Devon Youth Jazz.
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Sam has a lot of people to thank for their part in his music education, some of which will be listed below, but a thank you goes out to everyone who has given their help and support over the years, especially:
Jill Bird, Kathy Banks, Lewis Riley, Dean Wright, Catherine Tyler, Nick Malcolm, Brian Rance, Andy Stark, Bristol University Music Department, Richard Burdett, Dr Ian Wellens, Dave Holdsworth, Dr Gary Bayley, Mike Westbrook, Bob Humphries, the Eigenlabs team, Wells Cathedral School, and everyone else who isn’t mentioned but deserves a thank you.