For a special one-off gig the incredible piano player, Sam Leak, is coming to the Blue Arrow! 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.' He is most widely known for his band 'Aquarium' for which he is both pianist and composer. Also featured are James Allsopp on Reeds, Joshua Blackmore on Drums, and Calum Gourlay on Double Bass. They have released two albums: their eponymous debut on the Babel Label in 2011, listed in MOJO Magazine as one of the 'Top Ten International Releases of the Year," and their follow up album 'Places' on 'Jellymould Jazz' in 2013. Both have received widespread critical acclaim and regular radio play nationally. John Fordham described 'Places' in the Guardian as 'surefooted creativity... way beyond respectful expertise' and Daniel Spicer described it in BBC Music Magazine 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 Aquarium as 'the heavyweights of the British Jazz scene' and described himself as a 'fan' of the band in his regular BBC broadcast. As a sideman he has performed internationally alongside musicians including Greg Hutchinson, and Ray Warleigh. Sam is joined by Glasgow musicians who are no strangers to the Jazz scene in Scotland - Brodie Jarvie on Bass (Brodie Jarvie Quintet, Carnival, Pull) and John Lowrie (Blue Rose Code, Adam Holmes and The Embers).
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