About

‘delightful and surprising’ Dave Gelly, The Observer

‘utterly swinging, with the restraint that comes from complete self-assurance, and hip as a New York minute’ Eddie Myer, Jazz Views

‘Braysher plays with imagination and delicateness’ Roger Farbey, Jazz Journal

Born in 1989, alto saxophonist Sam Braysher studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, graduating in 2011 with First Class Honours. He was also an Artist Fellow at the School and a Chartered Surveyors’ Prize winner.

Based in East London, he now maintains a busy freelance career playing saxophone and clarinet across a wide variety of music, including early jazz and swing, straight-ahead and more contemporary styles of jazz. Since graduating he has performed with musicians including Jorge Rossy, Barry Green, Pete Hurt, the John Warren Nonet, and bands such as the London Jazz Orchestra, the London City Big Band and Alex Mendham & His Orchestra (an authentic 1920s/‘30s dance band which holds a residency at the Savoy Hotel). He has played at venues including Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Jazz Club, the Vortex, Kansas Smitty’s, the 606 Club, the Barbican Hall, Kings Place and Royal Festival Hall.

When leading his own trio or quartet (an early edition of which won the 2010 UK Jazz Radio Young Performers’ Award) he takes a particular interest in exploring lesser-known material from the American Songbook and jazz canon.

In April 2016 he travelled to New York to record his debut album as a leader, a duo with the American pianist Michael Kanan. Released in September 2017 on Fresh Sound New Talent, it features pieces by Jerome Kern, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Victor Young, Duke Ellington and Tadd Dameron, as well as one original composition. It was warmly received by critics, with Dave Gelly awarding it four stars in a review for the Observer.

Photo above by John Rogers