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As a native to London I have been exposed to various forms of music from an early age. At seven years of age I started playing classical piano. Just before moving to high school I began to play the alto saxophone. In my first year of high school I was lucky enough to be asked to join the school Jazz band where I toured England, Prague and performed at many venues in London. As well as performing in my school band I was also part of the Kingston youth big band, which I also toured with on many occasions including Germany and Italy where I played in the Barga Jazz festival. Alongside this, I was being tutored by renowned saxophonist, Mornington Lockett. Whilst being a student of Mornington I performed with Lockett on many occasions including the Bulls Head, Thames Jazz festival and various venues in London.

I also attended the Junior Jazz group at the Royal Academy of Music every Saturday where I gained a wealth of knowledge and experience under Nick Smart. With this group I played at venues including Pizza Express Jazz club (Dean Street) and Ronnie Scott’s. I then became lead alto in ‘The Jazz Funk Collective’, touring with them for three years around London and Ireland performing at venues such as The Blue Note, The Boom Boom Room and Galway Jazz club. Soon after I was accepted onto the Jazz course at Trinity Laban, one of Europe’s top music college’s. For four years I studied under renowned musicians including: Russell Van Den Berg, Jason Yard, Mark Lockhart and Jean Toussaint, the latter continuing to mentor me for a further 2 years after graduation

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”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” — Jean Toussaint

“His assurance and inventiveness are impressive at any tempo...”

John Fordham - The Guardian

“...Eagles leading off the solos with a marathon effort that saw him exhibiting an astonishing degree of fluency and technique for one so young”

The Jazz Mann - Ian Mann

“Not only is Eagles a saxophone player to be reckoned with but a top notch composer too!”

Bebop Spoken Here

“it's confident mature playing from all concerned with a meticulously plotted group sound that sits somewhere not unadjacent to Cloudmakers Trio's or Empirical's.”


“An extraordinarily accomplished debut from alto saxophonist, Eagles, that is full of vitality and individual enough to ensure that he stands out from the crowd.”

Jazz Views - Nick Lea

“Eagles has got what it takes, both as an instrumentalist and a writer, to make a big splash on the contemporary Jazz scene”

AP Reviews - Adrian S Pallant

“Pure class, in playing and composition”

Radio Cardiff

“...shows fluent understanding of the contributions of key players from Charlie Parker to Kenny Garrett and Ambrose Akinmusire in his playing and writing here”

Jazzwise Magazine

“The future that lies before them is now merely an obstacle to enjoy”

Alban Low - The Art of Jazz

“Eagles can hold his own with any alto player in the UK”

Bebop Spoken Here

“A mature sounding offering from a young band who we are sure to hear much more of in the future”

York Press

“Young and gifted”

UK Vibe Magazine - Number 14 in the top 20 albums of 2014 worldwide



Album Next Beginning by Samuel Eagles

Next Beginning

F-IRE Records


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