As well as running his own band, Fabled, Sam is involved in a number of projects as a sideman:
The Misha Mullov-Abbado Group is made up of some of the finest, multi-award-winning musicians in London, and under Misha’s direction the group performs his original compositions and arrangements with a broad variety of influences. The band has performed at King’s Place, the Barbican Centre, the Elgar Room as part of the BBC Proms Lates series and has played at many of UK’s jazz venues. Having been signed to Edition Records the group has released its debut album New Ansonia which has been included in “Best Jazz Albums 2015” of both The Telegraph and BBC Radio 3.
Led by Italian pianist and composer Maria Chiara Argirò, the London-based quintet brings together fresh young talent from the international music scene with an original repertoire of new compositions, characterised by their lyrical and rhythmic identity.
Waaju is a London-based groove-centred world jazz ensemble that encapsulates many influences from West African music, with a particular focus on the music of Mali. The band plays the original music of drummer & percussionist Ben Brown which combines the exceptional spirit of the likes of Ali Farka Toure, Oumou Sangare, Tinariwen & Baba Sissoko with the spontaneity of jazz harmony & improvisation – resulting in an undeniably energetic performance!
Featuring critically-acclaimed young musicians, Mosaic combines elements of contemporary jazz and chamber music in an exciting but accessible way. Expansive writing is balanced with intense improvisation, all of which contributes to the thoughtful narrative of the compositions. The unusual line-up creates a surprisingly intimate and yet powerful sound world, distinct from most other groups currently on the scene.
Winners of the 2015 Peter Whittingham Jazz Award, Patchwork Jazz Orchestra are a collective London based ensemble dedicated to championing big band music in a contemporary setting. The 17 piece group made its debut at the 2014 London Jazz Festival to a sell out audience at the Forge, Camden, and since then has been turning heads with the sound of fresh original compositions written exclusively by its members. Having performed at venues from London’s Vortex Jazz Club to abroad at La Mortella, Ischia, Italy, the orchestra are setting up their own night, ‘Patchwork’, aided by the funding received from the Peter Whittingham Award.