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. I currently lead my own group ‘The Samuel Eagles Quartet’ which performs regularly around London and the UK. My critically acclaimed debut album ‘Next Beginning’ has been released on the renowned F-IRE Label, launched at Pizza Express Jazz Club (Soho) in The EFG London Jazz Festival.