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Phil Meadows Quartet

Out to Lunch 2016

Venue: Culford Room at Cadogan Hall


Phil Meadows
Sam Leak
Flo Moore
Harry Pope

Phil Meadows is fast emerging as one of the UK’s most creative young jazz musicians. Wanting to play saxophone after seeing Lisa Simpson duet with Bleeding Gums Murphy, it was at the age of 12 that Phil knew exactly what he wanted to spend his life doing. As a saxophonist he performs with the self-titled ‘Phil Meadows Group’ whose acclaimed debut album ‘Engines of Creation’ has since been toured throughout the UK with support from Jazz Services. Until recently Meadows was also the lead alto for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain, where he is now one of the musical directors and runs their weekly improvisation ensemble ‘NYJO London’. With recent success in the prestigious ‘Peter Whittingham Jazz Award’ Phil is now the musical and artistic director of the brand new twenty-piece ‘Engines Orchestra’ set to record and release a brand new suite of original music in collaboration with the Phil Meadows Group on Boom Better Records later this year. This ambitious project is set to see Meadows working with musicians of all genres and developing new music with a cross section of artists over the coming years. Throughout his career so far he has been welcomed onto some of Europe’s most respected jazz platforms including the Bimhuis in Amsterdam, the BBC Proms, Glastonbury Festival, Ronnie Scotts, Bridgewater Hall and the Sage in Gateshead.

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. Sam has led bands at some of the best-known venues in the UK including Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express Dean Street and Kings Place. As a sideman he has performed with musicians including Ray Warleigh and Anita Wardell and has appeared on many albums, including the critically well-received album ‘Road Ahead’ by Duncan Eagles/Mark Perry. HE has been the pianist of choice for US touring musicians including Arun Luthra (2012), Leah Gough-Cooper (2013/2014) and Cameron Outlaw (2011). Sam has composed a number of extended suites for various ensembles including: his big band, a quintet , and a piano duet with US pianist Dan Tepfer. He also co-leads a heavy-touring quartet with saxophonist Alex Merritt, and another piano duet with Richard Fairhurst. Outside of his profession as a musician he is undertaking a part-time PhD in Music Cognition at Cambridge University where he is investigating the cognitive processes that underpin the aural learning activities of Jazz musicians.

Flo Moore excels at jazz bass and studies at the Royal Academy of Music. Born in Aylesbury, she began playing music at a young age and performed with several local ensembles, notably the award-winning Aylesbury Music Centre Dance Band, with whom she performed at the Royal Albert Hall, the National Festival Hall and the North Sea Jazz Festival. Since moving to London in 2011, she has performed with some of the world’s finest jazz musicians, including Peter King, Bobby Watson and Jason Rebello, and has played at several prestigious venues, such as Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and King’s Place. While she has been influenced by jazz artists like John Coltrane and Bill Evans, she has also taken inspiration from great songwriters such as Paul Simon, James Taylor and Carole King. It was through these similar interests that Flo became involved with the Ben Cox Band in 2013.

Harry Pope graduated from Leeds College of Music with a BA in Jazz Drumming, and has worked with some of the top musicians in the UK including Brit Award winner Eddi Reader, Jim Mullen, Hannes Riepler, Graeme Duffin of Wet Wet Wet, Soul outfit Candessence, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Big Band. He has been teaching since the age of 16, forming a regular association with Hyde Park Studios, where he was also the resident session drummer.

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