Sam is emerging as a talented improvising jazz trumpet and flugelhorn player in the South West and around the country.
Sam is very fortunate to have been a regular member and soloist with the Mike Westbrook Big Band since 2010, working with musicians such as Mike Westbrook OBE, Kate Westbrook, Jon Scott, Mark Bassey, Alan Wakeman, Pete Whyman, Karen Street, Roz Harding, Coach York, Billy Bottle, and Lou Gare amongst many others.
Recently he has recorded A Bigger Show Live with Mike Westbrook’s Uncommon Orchestra – a critically-acclaimed double album produced by Jon Hiseman, released on ASC records on 5th February 2016. The album has received international airplay on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 6 Music, Jazz FM and RAI Radio 3 (Italy) and was premiered in London’s Kings Place on May 20th 2016 and has since played nationally at notable venues such as St Ives Jazz Club, The Albany (London), The Apex (Bury St Edmonds).
He is also currently emerging as an up-and-coming jazz improviser in smaller ensembles on the South West jazz scene and has performed alongside many exciting musicians as bandleader and sideman in this field including: Andy Williamson, Chris McMurran, Coach York, Daniel Marcus Clark, Gary Bayley, Jade Gall, Jamie Benzies, Julien Alenda, Jim Rintoul, Lewis Riley, Nick Malcolm, Harry Diplock, and Steve Dow amongst others.
He is also playing regularly with acclaimed ska band The Simmertones, who regularly perform to sell-out crowds around the country, including prestigious events such as the London International Ska Festival. Sam performs on their new single, Run For Your Life, which is available for download now and has already received airplay on BBC Radio 2 & BBC Radio 6 Music.
Sam has also had the privilege of playing cornet with one of Cornwall’s finest brass bands – Roche Brass – in a number of concerts and was fortunate enough to be involved in the winning performance under Garry Cutt at the 2015 West of England Regional Brass Band Championships (First Section).
Other artists that Sam has had the privilege of working with include:
- Magic of Motown UK Tour Band
- Hannah Williams and the Affirmations
- Steve Cradock
- Mrs H & The Singalong Band
- The Dave Hankin Big Band
- AJ’s Big Band
- Blue Lion Band
- The Bartholomew Consort
- South West Sinfonietta
- Torbay Singers
- Bristol University Wind Orchestra
- Exeter Philharmonia Orchestra