Sam (guitarist)

  • from £210 in Yorkshire & Humberside Help
  • from £225 in North West
  • from £235 in West Midlands
  • from £240 in North East
  • from £240 in East Midlands
  • from £255 in Wales
  • from £290 in Scotland

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.

For larger events, Sam is also the leader of a 6-piece jazz & swing band, Swing, Swing, Swing!

Performance information

Line-up Solo guitarist
Performance duration 2 x 45 minute sets
Interval music Help Yes (included in price)
Arrival & set-up Help 90 minutes before start
Requirements Help Space of 2 x 1 metres; power supply; rider

Booking options

Add an extra 30 minute set Add £60
Add vocals £POA
Add sax £POA

What people say Help

  • 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 2017
  • 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 2016
  • 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!

    Judy, Yorkshire, July 2016

Repertoire Help

  • Ain’t Misbehavin’
  • All Blues
  • All of Me
  • All the Things You Are
  • Alone Together
  • Angel Eyes
  • Autumn in New York
  • Autumn Leaves
  • Billie’s Bounce
  • Blue Bossa
  • Blue Monk
  • Blue Moon
  • Bluesette
  • Body and Soul
  • But Beautiful
  • But Not For Me
  • Bye Bye Blackbird
  • C Jam Blues
  • Caravan
  • Cherokee
  • Come Rain or Come Shine
  • Confirmation
  • Corcovado
  • Darn That Dream
  • Days of Wine and Roses
  • Desafinado
  • Do Nothing ‘Til You Hear From Me
  • Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
  • Donna Lee
  • Doxy
  • East of the Sun
  • Easy Living
  • Embraceable You
  • Fly Me to the Moon
  • Four
  • Georgia on My Mind
  • Giant Steps
  • Girl From Ipanema, The
  • God Bless the Child
  • Gone With the Wind
  • Groovin’ High
  • Have You Met Miss Jones?
  • Here’s That Rainy Day
  • How High the Moon
  • I Can’t Get Started
  • I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
  • I Got It Bad
  • I Got Rhythm
  • I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
  • I Remember Clifford
  • I Remember You
  • I Thought About You
  • I’ll Remember April
  • If You Could See Me Now
  • Impressions
  • In a Mellow Tone
  • Indiana
  • Invitation
  • It Could Happen to You
  • It Might As Well Be Spring
  • Jitterbug Waltz
  • Joy Spring
  • Just Friends
  • Lady Bird
  • Laura
  • Like Someone in Love
  • Love for Sale
  • Lover
  • Lover Man
  • Lover, Come Back to Me
  • Lullaby of Birdland
  • Mack the Knife
  • Maiden Voyage
  • Man I Love, The
  • Manha de Carnaval (Black Orpheus)
  • Mean to Me
  • Meditation
  • Milestones (new)
  • Misty
  • Moment’s Notice
  • Moonlight In Vermont
  • My Favorite Things
  • My Foolish Heart
  • My Funny Valentine
  • My Old Flame
  • My One and Only Love
  • My Romance
  • Naima
  • Nearness of You, The
  • Nice Work If You Can Get It
  • Night and Day
  • Night in Tunisia
  • Oh, Lady Be Good!
  • Old Folks
  • On Green Dolphin Street
  • Once I Loved
  • One Note Samba
  • Ornithology
  • Our Love Is Here to Stay
  • Out of Nowhere
  • Over the Rainbow
  • Pennies From Heaven
  • Perdido
  • Polka Dots and Moonbeams
  • Prelude to a Kiss
  • Round Midnight
  • Satin Doll
  • Scrapple From the Apple
  • Shiny Stockings
  • Skylark
  • Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
  • So What
  • Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise
  • Solar
  • Someday My Prince Will Come
  • Someone to Watch Over Me
  • Song for My Father
  • Song Is You, The
  • Sophisticated Lady
  • Speak Low
  • St. Thomas
  • Star Dust
  • Star Eyes
  • Stella by Starlight
  • Stompin’ at the Savoy
  • Stormy Weather
  • Straight, No Chaser
  • Sugar
  • Summertime
  • Sweet Georgia Brown
  • Take Five
  • Take the A Train
  • Tangerine
  • Tea for Two
  • Tenderly
  • There Is No Greater Love
  • There Will Never Be Another You
  • These Foolish Things
  • Things Ain’t What They Used to Be
  • Time After Time
  • Tune Up
  • Wave
  • Way You Look Tonight, The
  • Well, You Needn’t
  • What Is This Thing Called Love?
  • What’s New?
  • Willow Weep for Me
  • Work Song
  • Yardbird Suite
  • Yesterdays
  • You Don’t Know What Love Is
  • You Stepped Out of a Dream
  • You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To

Bookings

For all bookings please contact Function Central:

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http://www.functioncentral.co.uk/acts/sam_guitarist/