As a native to London I have been exposed to various forms of music from an early age. From an early age I was being tutored by renowned saxophonist, Mornington Lockett. Whilst being a student of Mornington I performed with Lockett on many occasions including the Bulls Head, Thames Jazz festival and various venues in London.
I also attended the Junior Jazz group at the Royal Academy of Music every Saturday where I gained a wealth of knowledge and experience under Nick Smart. With this group I played at venues including Pizza Express Jazz club (Dean Street) and Ronnie Scott’s. I then became lead alto in ‘The Jazz Funk Collective’, touring with them for three years around London and Ireland performing at venues such as The Blue Note, The Boom Boom Room and Galway Jazz club.
I achieved a B.Mus. Hon Jazz performance degree from a world class London conservatory in 2012 studying for four years under renowned musicians including: Russell Van Den Berg, Jason Yard, Mark Lockhart, Simon Purcell. World famous Jazz master Jean Toussaint (Art Blakey) decided to mentor me for 2 years post graduation (2012/13). I released my first album ‘Next Beginning’ in November 2014 on the renowned F-IRE Label gaining critical acclaim, in particular from the National Guardian,’ His assurance and inventiveness are impressive at any tempo’ and Jazzwise Magazine. I have toured England, Wales and Scotland performing music from my album. A quote from a recent tour – ‘Eagles is one of The UK’s best contemporary saxmen’ – Bebop Spoken Here. I have performed at some of London’s best venues with my band such as: Pizza Express Jazz club – Soho a number of times, The Queen Elizabeth Hall – Southbank, The Clore Ball Room – Royal Festival Hall, The Spice of Live, The London Jazz festival three times. I am active on the UK music scene performing in many different bands such as Nomad Soul Collective of which we performed for SERIOUS at this years London Jazz Festival, Emeka Presents – Kalakuta, The Philip Clouts Quartet of which we have just completed a very successful album release UK tour, a quote about myself from Philip’s album – ‘…his deftly swerving post – bop inventiveness illuminates the initially languid Dreamy Driving…’ – John Fordham The National Guardian.
Samuel is currently preparing to release his 2nd album in early 2017 on Whirlwind Records.