Sam is currently regularly working with:
THE REAL THING:
“THE REAL THING deserve the title Britain’s No 1 Soul Band. With three number one hits in the 70`s: ‘You to me are Everything’, ‘Can’t Get by Without You’ & ‘Can You Feel the Force’ (all No 1 again in the 80`s!). The UK`s best selling black group of the late 70`s – only The Beatles & Frankie goes to Hollywood have had more singles in the all time top 100.”
Very sadly Eddy Amoo passed away on 23 February this year, aged 73.
Chris Amoo and Dave Smith have decided to continue with the band touring across the UK and Europe, They said: “Eddy’s memory will live on through the music and the fans and we will keep his energy and passion alive with our concerts.”
To that end 2018 is already looking to be a very busy year with many gigs in the diary. See the date sheet to find out where and when you can see this superb show – with an excellent band featuring, Sam, Jon Bower (Bass) John Chapman (Sax) Stuart Ansell (Guitar) and Danny Rose (Drums).
External links for The Real Thing:
The band’s facebook page: www.facebook.com/bandoftherealthing
The Real Thing’s web site: www.therealthingofficial.com
‘You To Me Are Everything’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTMNCJQPsa8#t=81
‘Can you feel the Force’: www.youtube.com/watch?v=chJqxT-gOFI
‘Can’t Get By Without You’: www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrwxwIG1jaE
Originally formed in 1996, Sunchaser was a collaboration between Neil Robinson and Sam Edwards to produce and record a track for the acclaimed JTI album ‘Scored One Nil’. They recorded a funky upbeat version of the ‘Sportsnight’ theme tune which became one of the favourite tracks of the album and was played on BBC Radio 2 and Jazz FM on numerous occassions.
Move on 20 years and Neil and Sam, who have always had a passion for rare groove and funky soul jazz, decided to reform Sunchaser to become a live act to perform the music they love with adrenaline fuelled enthusiasum inspired by great Artists such as Blue Mitchel, Stanley Turrentine, Milt Jackson, Bobby Lyle, Grant Green and Herbie Hancock. Andy Staples on Bass was an obvious choice to complete the rhythm section and long term friend, Zak Barrett, was then invited to complete the line up on Tenor saxophone.
External links for Sunchaser:
Andy’s Best: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN5Wr85WmCc
My Space: www.myspace.com/sunchaser12
EASY COMPANY JAZZ TRIO:
Back in 2010 Sam started a Jazz Trio with Trevor Newnham on Bass Guitar and Graham Cutil on drums to provide music for functions and corporate work. Now going from strength to strength the trio can be seen regularly playing at the Rendezvous Casino in Southend (last Sunday of every month) amongst many other venues in the Essex / London area. Take a look at the web site: www.easycompanyjazztrio.co.uk
THE CRISSY LEE QUARTET:
Every couple of months Sam plays with the incredible drummer Crissy Lee and her quartet with Sam (Piano) Bernie Hodgkins (Double Bass) and Simon Hurley www.simonhurley.co.uk (Guitar) at the Peldon Village Hall http://pwcomhall.org.uk (near West Mersea in Essex).
The quartet have recorded a superb album, “My Favourite Things”
“It’s her first quartet album, and a shining example of the genre, in which choice of fine repertoire played by superb musicians in an adventurous but accessible style makes for irresistible jazz listening… and for me this is one quartet album for this or any year.” – Digby Fairweather.
MARTIN DOBSON’S MIDNIGHT OIL:
Sam was been working with sax player Martin Dobson (Marvin Gaye / Mezzoforte / Annie Lennox to mention but a few!) for several years now playing in Jazz clubs / venues, restaurants, for corporate functions & weddings as a duo, trio and with the superb Essex based band ‘Midnight Oil’ featuring; Martin Dobson (Sax / flute) Sam (Piano) Bernie Hodgkins (Double Bass) and the fantastic Crissy Lee (Drums).
To book the band or to purchase Midnight Oil’s latest CD recorded in 2013 contact Martin via his web site: www.martindobson.com.
THE BLUES BROTHERS APPROVED:
The Blues Brothers show that is officially approved by Dan Aykroyd and Judith Belushi.
Sam is really pleased to be the keyboard player for this fantastic show produced by, and starring Brad Henshaw.
This entertaining high energy show includes Jake and Elwood and the three Bluesettes and a seriously kicking 6 piece band featuring the three ‘Mian’ brothers; Alan (Musical Director and bass player), David (trumpet), and Ricky (sax) as well as Andy Sapphire on Guitar, Tony Jones on drums and Sam on piano and Hammond organ. With gigs in the U.K. and throughout Europe visit www.bluesbrothersofficialsite.com for further information.
THE ZAK BARRETT QUARTET:
The quartet released their first album, ‘XI by IV’ in January 2003. It consists of all original music composed by Zak and features: Pete Riley (drums), Andy Staples (bass), Sam (piano / keyboards) and Zak (sax). The Quartet (now with Martin Johnson on drums www.martinmagicjohnson.com) released their second album, ‘JAZZLIGHTIN’ in 2007. Visit: www.myspace.com/zakbarrettquartet
‘Featuring a line up of some of the hottest jazz talent in the area they perform lively, funk-induced jazz of the highest quality. The quartet play completely original material by Barrett and Edwards.’
Keep an eye on Sam’s date sheet to see when to catch this great modern Jazz Fusion band.
If you wish to purchase ‘XI BY IV’ or ‘JAZZLIGHTIN’ please e-mail (see below).
Other work for Sam during 2018 will also include gigs with:
HOW SWEET IT IS Motown’s Greatest Hits www.howsweet.co.uk
ZAK’S FELLOWSHIP OF FUNK featuring: Zak Barrett (sax), Guthrie Govan (Guitar), Pete Riley (Drums) and Seth Govan (Bass). Often to be found at the Bassment in Chelmsford.
© 2018 S.Edwards