Thursday 21st November 2019
EFG London Jazz Festival - SAM LEAK ORGAN TRIO PRESENT ‘LITTLE GREEN MEN" + WILL GLASER DUO
Leading keyboardist SAM LEAK is joined by NICHOLAS COSTLEY-WHITE on guitar, and JOEL BARFORD on drums in presenting a thrilling set of Hammond organ trio arrangements inspired by Larry Golding's classic album 'Light Blue.'
Expect fresh, swinging, lyrical jazz, permeated by the blues. 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."
Opening set by high energy duo of drummer WILL GLASER and keyboardist LIAM DUNACHIE
“the music is magical... constantly evolving and engaging...”
The New York City Jazz Record - "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
Doors open: 7pm, Music: 8-11pm - £12/£10 advance
McMullen Real Ales and a variety of world beers, delicious wines, spirits and classic cocktails