Samuel Eagles Quartet
Samuel began playing the alto saxophone aged 12 performing in various school bands. At an early age Eagles was already touring in places such as Prague, Germany, Italy and Ireland. At the age of 16 he attended the Junior Royal Academy of Music Jazz programme where is had a chance to play with musician such as John Paricelli, Mark Lockheart and Nick Smart. He went on to study at Trinity College of Music where he gained a wealth of experience and knowledge from musicians such as Jean Toussaint, Russell Van Den Berg, Julian Seigel etc. Eagles has performed in venues such as The Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer (Friday Tonic), Pizza Express (Soho), The Spice of Life and (London Jazz Festival).
Ralph Wyld is a vibraphonist, percussionist and composer who, despite his young age, has extensive musical experience. He has performed and had his music performed in the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican, Ronnie Scott’s and at Chaltenham Jazz Festival, amongst many others, some of which have been broadcast on BBC television and radio. He has been fortunate enough to play alongside musicians such as Gerard Presencer, Kenny Wheeler, Nikki Iles and the James Taylor Quartet. A former principle percussionist of The National Youth Orchestra including a concert in the Beijing International Festival, he now studies at the Royal Academy of Music and regularly has the opportunity to work with outstanding British and international musicians such as Jim Hart, Joe Locke, Stan Sulzman, John Hollenbeck, Django Bates and Dave Holland.
Versatile, multi-genre spanning drummer and percussionist Eric Ford grew up near Liverpool and was first exposed to music in the form of swing and bebop during his teenage years. After a sidetrack reading English at the University of Birmingham, Ford expanded his interests into contemporary jazz, fusion and the commercial music scene. Following a period of extensive transcribing and practice while traveling the world playing professionally on a cruise ship, he relocated to Paris for a period of four years and during this time performed and studied with musicians from Africa, Cuba and Brazil as well as many Europeans and Americans. Moving north to London in late 2006, where he is now based, he has been refining his drums- plus-percussion approach in ‘Partikel’ and various fusion and world music ensembles as well as enjoying playing in the more mainstream jazz circuit with musicians from Brian Dee and Jim Mullen to Dave O’Higgins and Tim Whitehead. He further performs with rock bands, commercial artists and succeeds as a very versatile musician, playing a wide and eclectic palette of music.
Fergus Ireland is one of the UK’s greatest up and coming bass players. Studying at the UK’s finest institutions such as The Royal College, Trinity College of Music and The Royal Academy set him on his way. He currently performs regularly on the London Jazz scene with musicians such as Nathaniel Facey, Quinten Collins and Moses Boyd to name a few.
Composing the 8 tracks over recent years, Samuel Eagles played the material in Quartet gigs around London – including the 2013 London Jazz Festival – before going into Clown’s Pocket Studio with Derek Nash at the helm. Citing influences from Charlie Parker to Kenny Garrett, Samuel is dedicated to exploring the American modern tradition and the developments brought by younger players such as Ambrose Akinmusire and Logan Richardson. It was the soundworld created by Logan Richardson and his vibes player that led Samuel to form this current line-up.
|“Samuel Eagles is rapidly standing out from what is today’s norm, with a fresh ear for the music and an exciting approach to improvisation, Samuel is set to make a big impact”|
“His assurance and inventiveness are impressive at any tempo…”
“…Eagles leading off the solos with a marathon effort that saw him exhibiting an astonishing degree of fluency and technique for one so young”