Elliot Galvin Trio + Sam Leak Trio 


Saturday Nov 17th

Darwin College

Time: 7:30-10:00pm

Tickets: £10 / £8 students

Unreserved seating available.

Age limit: 18 and over

“Audacious and Inspired… A rising star heading for the UK Jazz A-List” ★★★★ Evening Standard

“Unique, sounds like no one else… A definitive style all of their own” ★★★★ Jazz in Europe

"Brilliantly executed bright ideas" ★★★★ Guardian

Elliot Gavin is one of the rising stars of UK jazz. A superbly gifted composer and pianist, whose maverick imagination and magpie like ability to blend a disparate world of influences into his own unique musical vision has seen him compared to Django Bates although in truth he sounds like no one except himself. From de-constructing standards to creating his own mirco-tonal melodica, Galvin’s music is both playful and deadly serious drawing on a wide range of influences from Keith Jarrett to Stravinsky, Ligetti, Deerhof and the Beatles as well as the films of David Lynch, the Dada movement and the literature of James Joyce.

Live he is utterly captivating, bringing a powerful sense of purpose to everything that he plays, and while his music is playful, he never allows the humour to sidetrack from the brilliance of his band or the seriousness of his intent. And whether swinging their way through a Sonny Clark tune, de-constructing a hoary standard, or getting funky on a melodica, the Elliot Galvin trio never forget that jazz is the art of communication – with each other and with the audience.

Elliot Galvin (Piano / Keyboards)
Tom McCredie (Bass)
Corrie Dick (Drums)

"Multi-faceted and smart as a pin, this is poetic chamber jazz of a very high order" MOJO  ★★★★ 


★★★★ All About Jazz


★★★★  Jazzwise Magazine

'Sam Leak will be one to watch and hopefully U.S. jazz fans will have regular access to hearing him in concert and on CD.”

The New York City Jazz Record

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.'


For this special Cambridge Jazz Festival concert, Sam's new piano trio will be exploring a set of brand-new compositions ahead of their next trip into the studio. Fresh off a tour that has left audiences across the UK spellbound, this performance is not to be missed.


Sam Leak - Piano

Simon Read - Double Bass

Will Glaser - Drums 

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