Monday 10th May 2021
Our doors are still closed to live audiences but we can still give you some live music. The show will be at 8pm BST. The live stream will appear live here so simply bookmark this page. It is also available directly from our Facebook and our YouTube channel.
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Line-up: SAM LEAK piano; SIMON READ double bass; WILL GLASER drums
The Sam Leak Trio perform contemporary jazz with a gospel-tinged, and folk-inspired, freedom and abandon. Conjuring up the joy and emotion typified by Paul Bley and Keith Jarrett’s 1960s trios, the ensemble maintains a sense of the tradition whilst performing music that is very much rooted in the UK Jazz movement of the moment. The band mainly perform Sam's original material, notably including the music from his recent album release “Adrift,” recorded in duet with Lee Konitz/Ben Wendel pianist Dan Tepfer, and which Marcus O’Dair has called ‘astonishing.’
Described as “compelling” and “reaching far beyond the jazz loop” by the Guardian's John Fordham, ‘Adrift’ is a unique composition for two pianos that explores the range of colours and possibilities offered by the unconventional lineup. Sometimes densely complex, at others eerily sparse; the writing is engaging and melodic, conjuring up images of a snow-brushed New York in winter. The composition was originally written for 2014’s Steinway festival, held at London’s Pizza Express Jazz Club. The success of this performance led the pianists to record the album at the Yamaha Piano Rooms in Midtown New York in January 2016. In 2018 Sam's trio recorded, and filmed, their own take on the suite which can be viewed on YouTube.
"Multi-faceted and smart as a pin, this is poetic chamber jazz of a very high order" MOJO ★★★★
“the music is magical... constantly evolving and engaging...” The New York City Jazz Record
"This is assured and sophisticated acoustic jazz with deep roots in the tradition, that knows exactly what it's trying to do - and succeeds" Daniel Spicer, BBC Music Magazine
"The Royal Academy of Music's jazz programme has produced a remarkable crop of newcomers in recent times: notably the Mercury-nominated pianists Gwilym Simcock and Kit Downes. Now comes Sam Leak, an artist of comparable promise...Leak is a subtle storyteller who keeps the grooves and colours changing." John Fordham, The Guardian
Sam Leak is a London-based Jazz pianist described by JazzFM's Helen Mayhew as 'One of the brightest stars in the Jazz piano galaxy, a heavenly improviser, and a brilliant prospect for the future.' His eponymous 2011 debut album was listed in MOJO Magazine as one of the 'Top Ten International Releases of the Year.' The 2013 follow up, "Places," was described by the Guardian's John Fordham as 'surefooted creativity... way beyond respectful expertise,' and by BBC Music Magazine's Daniel Spicer as ‘assured and sophisticated acoustic jazz with deep roots in the tradition, that knows exactly what it's trying to do - and succeeds.’ Jamie Cullum introduced Leak's cohort as ‘the heavyweights of the British Jazz scene’ and described himself as a ‘fan’ of the band in his regular BBC broadcast. In 2018 Leak released 'Adrift,' a duet with New York's Dan Tepfer, a long-time collaborator of legendary veteran saxophonist Lee Konitz. Of this album, The Wire's Marcus O'Dair has said: “Sam Leak and Dan Tepfer are two of the best pianists of their generation, and their convergence on this recording is astonishing.” The New York City Jazz Record have described it as "magical" and "constantly evolving and engaging."
Double bassist Simon Read has been described as 'notable for his wonderful melodic displays' and 'wringing the maximum feeling from each song' (The Whitman Review). Having studied at Leeds College of Music from 2009-2012, under the tutelage of UK free improvisation legend Dave Kane, he's quickly become a much-respected face on the London Jazz scene performing regularly with the Adrian Cox Quartet, Latchepen, and Joe Webb.
Will Glaser is a London-based drummer and percussionist who is known for his "exciting" and "wonderfully fidgety style" (The Guardian). He is has performed in the bands of musicians including Soweto Kinch, Dame Cleo Laine, Yazz Ahmed, and Liam Noble. His influences draw eclectically from across jazz history, improvised music and anywhere else, from Baby Dodds to Milford Greaves, Max Roach to Paul Motian, Roy Haynes to Joey Baron or Ed Blackwell to John Bonham. Will can be heard playing anything from traditional Jazz, in straight ahead settings to improvised music or avant rock.