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Sam Leak

28 May 2020 @ 8:15 pm - 10:00 pm


SoundCellar presents: In Our Own Space

Thursday 4th June sees the start of a series of performances via the Zoom platform to bring some regular and some new SoundCellar artists direct to your ‘own space’. The schedule for Thursday will be 8.15pm start, a one set performance followed by a Q&A session with the artist.

The series starts with pianist SAM LEAK. Sam performs contemporary jazz with a gospel-tinged, and folk-inspired, freedom and abandon. Conjuring up the joy and emotion typified by Paul Bley and Keith Jarrett, he maintains a sense of the tradition whilst performing music that is very much rooted in the UK Jazz movement of the moment. Jazzwise magazine, noting his “adventurous genre-crossing musical sensibility, with a surprise at every turn and no source of inspiration off-limits,” described his most recent live-streamed concert as an “artistic success” – do join us for this one.

His most recent album release “Adrift” recorded in duet with Lee Konitz/Ben Wendel pianist Dan Tepfer, has been described as “compelling” and “reaching far beyond the jazz loop” by the Guardian’s John Fordham, and “astonishing” by The Wire’s Marcus O’Dair.

“Multi-faceted and smart as a pin, this is poetic chamber jazz of a very high order” MOJO

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

“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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28 May 2020
8:15 pm - 10:00 pm
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SoundCellar presents: In Our Own Space – Music and Conversation direct to your ‘own space’ via Zoom


15% pre-show food discount at The Grasshopper. Our regular host The Grasshopper, is kindly offering a 15% discount on food from their restaurant prior to every SoundCellar gig! Just show your ticket for that evening’s performance (the ticket QR code on your phone, or a printout). A table must be booked here or tel: 01202 741463 and food orders placed at least 60 minutes prior to the start time of the gig (eg by 7pm for a 8pm start).

(2) For young people: (i) U18s – FREE entry when accompanied by an adult; (ii) Age 18 to 25 – entry £10 (with NUS / TOTEM card). Simply select the relevant ticket option when booking. The offers are available for over 90% of our gigs, but subject to seat availability, so for some gigs, it’s best to book early to avoid disappointment.

Parking is free at The Grasshopper but you must register your vehicle at the bar.