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The monthly Tea Break is a series of short, fun items in What's New Magazine that also gives jazz musicians an opportunity to update us with what they are doing. Here are the Tea Breaks they (and I) have taken since 2015.

Sam Braysher (Saxophone) - March 2016

Sam Braysher


Sam Braysher is a talented saxophonist who graduated in 2011 with a first class honours degree from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London before undertaking a two-year Guildhall Artist Fellowship at the school. London-based, he now has a busy freelance career playing a wide range of music, from the American songbook to traditional jazz and swing, contemporary repertoire and new music as well as leading his own Quartet. He teaches instrumental lessons at three schools in East London as well as privately, and has also taught jazz saxophone to undergraduate music students at City University London.



Hi Sam, tea or coffee?

Builder's tea please.


Hob Nob, Bourbon, Garibaldi or digestive biscuit?

Hob Nob.


Charlie Parker, Art Pepper or Ornette Coleman?

They're all great but Parker amazes me more than almost any other musician. He's probably my all time favourite.

[Click here to read Sam's article on Charlie Parker's Cherokee as part of our Full Focus series]


Milk and sugar?

Quite strong and milky - no sugar thanks. Gabriel Latchin, the pianist, makes a fantastic cup of tea - he warms the cup before putting the teabag in and everything.


Sam Braysher Quartet


What gigs have you played recently?

I have been playing with Will Arnold-Forster's Quartet at Ronnie Scott's, Barry Green's new sextet at the Vortex, the John Warren Nonet at Jazz Nursery (we played a new suite that he was commissioned to write), Alex Mendham & His Orchestra in Belgium, the London City Big Band, a few trio things with Calum Gourlay and Josh Morrison, plus some quartet ones with the addition of Barry Green on piano.





Here's a video of the Sam Braysher Quartet playing at the Jazz Nursery - Sam Braysher (alto saxophone), Barry Green (piano), Calum Gourlay (double bass) and Josh Morrison (drums)





What have you got coming up in the next few months?

I'm doing a recording with the American pianist Michael Kanan, so that's my main focus at the moment - lots of practice and getting Michael Kananorganised forthat. Michael is an amazing pianist and I'm such a fan of his playing. He's probably best known as a member of the singer Jame Monheit's band, but he's also played with people like Jimmy Scott, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jorge Rossy, Annie Ross, Ted Brown, Mark Turner and lots of others. We'll mostly be playing lesser known tunes from the American Songbook and jazz canon, as well as a few other things, and I'm hoping to organise a tour to coincide with the release at some point in the not too distant future.

Michael Kanan


I shall also be playing with the London City Big Band at the Spice Of Life in Soho on the last Wednesday evening of each month when I can.




Michael Kanan and guitarist Peter Bernstein playing Embraceable You





Who else have you heard recently that we should listen out for?

I've been listening to quite a few duo albums as part of my preparation for the aforementioned recording. Joe Lovano/Hank Jones, Ella Fitzgerald/Ellis Larkins, Jim Hall/Ron Carter, Jim Hall/Bill Evans, Al Cohn/Jimmy Rowles, Martin Speake/Ethan Iverson and Joel Frahm/Brad Mehldau are some of the ones I've enjoyed the most.


Another biscuit?

Go on then!


[Click here to visit Sam Braysher's website.]


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