I've been playing jazz since the age of 10. In the beginning it was all about the clarinet and listening to Louis Armstrong, Sydney Bechet, and Jimmy Noone. Over the next few years I switched to saxophone and began listening to John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter and realised I was hooked!
Since then I've completed a degree in jazz from the Royal Academy of Music and played in venues all over the UK including Ronnie Scott's, The Albert Hall, the Jazz Cafe, and the Sage Centre. I've also appeared six times at the Paradise Jazz Festival in Cyprus, performed at the Brecon Jazz Festival with Pete King and Julian Arguelles, and taught on the Global Music Foundation Summer School in Tuscany alongside US piano great Edward Simon.
Musically my main focus is my band - the Sam Crockatt Quartet - and I feel lucky to be able to play regularly with such amazing musicians - Kit Downes on piano, Oli Hayhurst on bass and Ben Reynolds on drums. Our 1st album 'Howeird' won album of the year in the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2009.
I'm also a member of London based Loop Collective - www.loopcollective.org