Collage presents:

Sam Leak Trio

Karamel, London, GB

£10 OTD, £5 in advance
Entry Requirements: All welcome

Sam Leak Trio

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."

He is joined by UK Jazz scene heavyweights Nicholas Costley-White on guitar, and Joel Barford on drums, 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.

• Lineup

Sam Leak's "Little Green Men": Sam Leak - Organ Nicholas Costley-White - Guitar Joel Barford - Drums

• Quotes:

“the music is magical... constantly evolving and engaging...” The New York City Jazz Record

"Multi-faceted and smart as a pin, this is poetic chamber jazz of a very high order" Chris Ingham, MOJO Magazine

"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

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