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‘delightful and surprising’ Dave Gelly, The Observer

‘Braysher’s cool, modernist twist on old songs is just superb’ Simon Adams, Jazz Journal

Trying to second-guess a long-gone composer’s intention is a risky exercise, and jazz improvisers usually exercise a free hand in interpreting the Great American Songbook. But the warm-toned young London saxophonist Sam Braysher is a prize-winning investigator of the early recordings and published music of Jerome Kern, Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington and many others, and imagines a new jazz closely attuned to an old world. John Fordham, the Guardian

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

Short biography

London-based alto saxophonist Sam Braysher’s new album sees him joined by a truly world-class rhythm section of Catalan drummer and vibraphonist Jorge Rossy, and double bassist Tom Farmer. Dance Little Lady, Dance Little Man (UNIT Records) is released on 22 April 2021. Previously, Sam received international critical acclaim for his debut album, Golden Earrings (Fresh Sound New Talent Records, 2017), a duo recording with NYC pianist Michael Kanan, with the Observer awarding it four stars and a number of jazz journalists selecting it in their ‘Best of 2017’ lists. He takes a particular interest in interpreting lesser-known items from the American Songbook and jazz canon, and as well as leading his own trio, he has recently been heard as a sideman with musicians and bands including ECM artist John Warren’s Nonet, Elaine Delmar, Barry Green Sextet, the London Jazz Orchestra and REBOP – a collaborative international quintet that features Rossy on vibraphone.

Longer biography

London-based alto saxophonist Sam Braysher’s new album sees him joined by a truly world-class rhythm section of Catalan drummer and vibraphonist Jorge Rossy (of Brad Mehldau Trio fame) and double bassist Tom Farmer. Dance Little Lady, Dance Little Man (UNIT Records) is released on 22 April 2021.

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 occasional clarinet across a wide variety of music, including early jazz and swing, straight-ahead and more contemporary styles of jazz.  He has recently been heard as a sideman with musicians and bands including ECM artist John Warren’s Nonet, Elaine Delmar, Barry Green Sextet and Quartet, a co-led quartet with trumpeter Miguel Gorodi, the London Jazz Orchestra, London City Big Band, Alex Mendham & His Orchestra, Calum Gourlay Big Band and REBOP – a collaborative international quintet that features Rossy on vibraphone. He has performed at all the major London venues – Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Jazz Club, the Vortex, Kansas Smitty’s, the 606 Club, the Barbican Hall, Kings Place, Cadogan Hall and Royal Festival Hall – and appears with increasing regularity at clubs and festivals in mainland Europe.

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 2017 he released his debut album, a duo recording with the American pianist Michael Kanan on Fresh Sound New Talent Records, becoming the first British bandleader to appear on the iconic Spanish label that launched the careers of Brad Mehldau, Ambrose Akinmusire, Robert Glasper and Kurt Rosenwinkel.  Golden Earrings was warmly received by critics, with Dave Gelly awarding it four stars in a review for the Observer and a number of jazz journalists selecting it amongst their ‘Best of 2017’ lists.

Photo above by Dave Hamblett