Biography

Biography
Sam Edwards G.C.L.C.M.

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Sam was born in London in 1970 to a musical family; his mother and sister both are professional musicians. Sam studied classical music at the Colchester institute for 2 years from 1986 where he attained grade 8 Piano, grade 8 theory of music and two ‘A’ levels (Theory and Practical) in music. Sam then graduated with a 1st in Jazz and Contemporary music from the City of Leeds College of music in 1991. (1st study: Piano / Keyboards. 2nd study: Arranging).

As a professional musician Sam has worked in many areas of the music industry, below are listed just some of his work credits as either a Keyboard player, Pianist, or Musical Director:

PERFORMER:
STAR ACTS: Boney M, Brotherhood of Man, Eden Kane, George McRae, Jackie Graham, Jimmy James, JTQ, Marty Wilde, Mike Berry, Odyssey, Paul Da Vinci, Rose Royce, The Commitments, The Contours, The Drifters, The Real Thing.
SHOW BANDS: Katy Setterfield tribute to Dusty Springfield, The Official Blues Brothers, Sisters of Soul, Reach Out (Motown Show), The History of Motown, Sweet Home Chicago (Blues Brothers show), How sweet it Is (Motown show), Tribute to the Carpenters, Stars in their eyes ‘Magic of Motown’ & ‘Legends of Rock’, Walk Right Back, Terry Nash ‘Meatloaf’, Karen Noble tribute to Dusty Springfield, Heart & Soul, Elvis ‘That’s the way it was’ & ‘King Rocker’ shows featuring Steve Ballard.
THEATRE: Newpalm Productions: Musical Director / Arranger / Composer and Keyboard player for Pantomime at Chelmsford civic theatre for 16 years. Musical director and 1st  keys player for Newpalm Productions for their productions of; ‘Rocky Horror Show’, ‘Me & My Girl’, ‘Joseph’ and ‘Peter Pan’. Born to Perform (M.D. 4 years), Barry Stacie Productions (M.D. for numerous children’s shows). Keyboard player for professional productions of; ‘West Side Story’, ‘Grease’, ‘Chess’, ‘Anything Goes’.
FUNCTION BANDS: The Usual Suspects, Urban Blue, Platinum Gold, Sweet Freedom, Masquerade, What is Hip, Prophecy, Tony Evans Orchestra.
JAZZ: The Claire Harper Quartet / Duo, Easy Company Jazz Trio, Crissy Lee Quartet, New Shoes, the Fellowship of Funk, Export, Glenn Miller Orchestra (Europe), Zak Barrett Quartet, Rob Hughes Quartet, Steve Creese Quintet, Sunchaser (with Neil Robinson), Martin Dobson’s Midnight Oil, Mervyn Wright Big Band, Sam Edwards Trio (plus guests such as; Alan Barnes, Phil Snack, Jo Fookes, Simon Spillett and Bruce Adams amongst many others).

ARRANGER / COMPOSER:
Barrie Stacey Productions
BBC
Boney M
Born To Perform
Capital Radio
Claire Harper Quartet
Essex FM
Fulham Palace
Heart & Soul
Hylands House (Chelmsford Council)
How Sweet It Is
Katy Setterfield

Make Believe Dance and Theatre School
New Shoes
Newpalm Productions
North Star Music
Prophecy
Reach Out
Sisters of Soul
Sunchaser
Tiffany Theatre College
Zak Barrett Quartet

Sam is a registered member of the P.R.S.

RECORDING:
Extensive studio and live recording work with many of the above-mentioned artists resulting in several Albums and CDs’ including;
Sam’s own Album, ‘LOOKING BOTH WAYS’ (1998)
Two albums with The Claire Harper Quartet; ‘THE CLAIRE HARPER QUARTET’ (2000) and ‘CRY ME A RIVER’ (2001)
New Shoes ‘SEE YOU ON THE ICE’ (2002)
The Zak Barrett Quartet’s ‘XI BY IV’ (2002) and ‘JAZZLIGHTING’ (2006)
Paul Da Vinci ‘DA VINCI & THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT’ (2008)
Katy Setterfield ‘KATY SETTERFIELD’ (2012)
Martin Dobson ‘MIDNIGHT OIL’ (2013)
Crissy Lee Quartet ‘My Favourite Things’ (2016)

EQUIPMENT:
Behringer MX 802        Mixing Desk
Cubase SE                   Sequencer
Cubase VST                 Sequencer
JBL Eon 10                   Powered speakers x2
Korg MS-2000              Analogue Synth
Korg T-2                        Workstation Synth
Korg Krome                  Synthesiser
Nord Electro 5D            Digital Piano / Organ
Roland D-50                 Synthesizer
Roland JV 1080           Sound Module
Roland JV 2080           Sound Module
Roland RD-300            Digital Piano
Roland RD-700sx        Digital Piano
Roland SC-88              Sound Canvas Module
Roland VK-7                 Combo Organ
Roland XP-50               JV 1080 w/Keyboard
Sibelius 6                      Music Scoring Software
Sony CDR-W                C.d. writer
Sony JE-510                 Mini-disc recorder
Sound Forge 4.5          Audio Editor
Yamaha P-90               Digital Piano
Zoom RFX-300            Digital Multi effect unit