A hugely versatile guitarist with over 20 years' performing experience, blending modern jazz, Brazilian, folk, and classical influences into a unique, relaxed and lyrical style.
Sam is a guitar virtuoso and can play anything from jazz to classical, taking in Latin and pop music along the way. Jazz is his speciality, and he's performed at numerous jazz festivals around the UK, and at famous jazz venues including The Vortex Jazz Club and The Dean Street Pizza Express Jazz Club in London, Cafe Jazz in Cardiff, the Wardrobe in Leeds, the Jazzkeller in Frankfurt, Sax 'n Art in Saigon, Ned Kelly's in Hong Kong, and many more.
He's played in orchestras including NYJO (the National Youth Jazz Orchestra), Mike Garrick's Big Band, and the Guildhall Jazz Orchestra. He's worked extensively in the theatre and has toured Britain and Europe with shows including 'The Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas,' 'The Kings of Swing,' 'The Glenn Miller Orchestra,' and 'The Bobby Darin Songbook.'
Sam's guitar playing has been heard on BBC Radio 3's 'Jazz Line Up,' and BBC Radio 4's 'The Gift' and in theatres and concert halls including The Royal Albert Hall and the National Theatre in London, The Opera Houses of Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Nuremberg, Oslo, Graz, and Copenhagen, The Stables in Wavendon, The Cardiff Opera House, The Old Vic in Bristol and The Empire in Liverpool.
Sam's classical set up is minimal, and very unobtrusive, and he can move around your venue as needed. He understands how important the small details are at a Wedding or Corporate event, and will be dressed smartly, in a suit or Tuxedo.
We had Sam playing his acoustic guitar - lovely background music for the diners, and selection of music much appreciated. Will definitely invite him again.
Jill, Restaurant, Yorkshire, March 2016
Excellent evening! A professional musician who was appreciated by the audience. We had a classical/jazz pianist as well and they both decided to play together which shows how competent and versatile he was.
Colin, Birthday party, August 2015
Sam is a wonderful musician on all levels. He has a wide, interesting repertoire, beautiful sound, and is equally compelling with ballads and burners. And with his fast ears and quick wit, he's great fun on the bandstand!