Gig Details

Friday 6 December. 20:00 – 22:30.

At Crookes Social Club

Full £15, Over 60s, disabled and unemployed £12, Student with NUS card £8, 15 – 17 year olds £3, Under 15s Free. CASH ONLY on door.

Advance tickets available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/sheffield-jazz at the same net price as on the door.

Sam Rapley: saxophone/clarinet; Matt Robinson: piano; Alex Munk: guitar; Conor Chaplin: bass; Will Glaser: drums

Fabled is the brainchild of saxophonist/clarinettist Sam Rapley who has assembled a group of the most exciting young musicians on the UK music scene. In October 2018 they played a highly successful gig at The Lescar and we vowed then to bring them back soon to Sheffield. All close friends, the band’s empathy is clear in their unified sound. Richly atmospheric and expressive, Sam’s music draws inspiration from Debussy, Jobim and Sarah Vaughan and is heavily influenced by film music: shimmering, impressionistic and multi-textured.

Fabled were formed in 2014. This close-knit group of friends have since found a unified and unique way of interacting with each other, born through years of collaborative music making. Following the success of their debut EP, released in 2015, Fabled have been performing across the UK and developing new music which formed their first full length album, Short Stories, released March 2018.

Following on from the success of their EP, the band have been performing extensively across the UK building a loyal fanbase and writing material for their debut album ‘Short Stories’. As the title implies, the album interprets collection of short stories tackling subjects such as life, love, and death told through richly atmospheric and expressive music, which draws from Rapley’s and his fellow musicians’ shared love of jazz ensembles, literature, classical musicians, world music, modern composition and indie-folk.

Originally from Manchester and now living in London, Rapley has been quickly solidifying himself as one of the most exciting up-and-coming musicians and composers in the scene. As well as playing in Fabled, Rapley plays regularly as a sideman with the Misha Mullov-Abbado Group, Troykestra, Maria Chiara Argiro Quintet, Waaju and Ralph Wyld’s Mosaic. With these groups, he has performed extensively across the UK as well as touring Germany, Italy, France, Switzerland, Poland, Brazil and Mexico. Additionally, his own soundtracking work has recently appeared at Cannes Film Festival with short film ‘Duets’.

Looking at his recent work it’s easy to see how such a multifarious source of styles and genres have collided on ‘Short Stories’. At times the album calls to mind the likes of Mammal Hands, Gogo Penguin, Polar Bear and Tigran Hamasyan whilst undertones of Debussy, Ravel, Peter Broderick and Lau can also be heard throughout. Tracks such as ‘Old Owls’ capture the raw intensity that can be heard throughout the current London scene. Whilst elsewhere, tracks such as ‘Dove Stone’ and ‘H.G’ are heavily cinematic with mellifluous sax and clarinet lines layered over idiosyncratic guitar and piano parts, which provide percussive and rhythmic qualities whilst also intertwining melodies throughout Rapley’s playing.

“Saturday began with Sam Rapley’s Fabled – Rapley on sax & clarinet, Alex Munk guitar, Matt Robinson piano, Conor Chaplin bass and Will Glaser on drums. The band neatly mingled jazz, folk, rock riffs and classical music. All numbers were penned by Rapley and inspired by novels he or band members had read. They combined dramatic sax crescendos, climactic guitar riffs and driving bass and drums with passionate clarinet, soft piano and slower, soulful lines. Fabled are clearly another outfit to look out for”… Brian Payne, Jazz Journal (Review of Scarborough Jazz Festival 2019)

“They’re armed with an engaging storyteller attitude that accentuates the beauty found in how one note transitions to the next, how one passage builds up from another, and the way in which many streams of lyricism unite in a single-flowing confluence of imagery.”Bird Is The Worm

Rapley’s tunes are well served by a highly competent young band, many of them rising stars in their own right.”The Jazz Mann

Matt Robinson

Matt Robinson is a pianist, composer and improviser, working primarily in jazz and contemporary music. He is much in demand as a sideman and recording artist as well as performing regularly in various collaborations and original music projects. Matt studied at the Royal Academy of Music and was awarded the Edwin Samuel Dove prize and a Yamaha Jazz Scholarship upon graduation in 2012. Since then he has performed and recorded with many leading musicians on the UK scene and is a member of several regularly performing bands including; Snowpoet, Flying Machines, Nick Costley-White Quartet, Fini Bearman Group, and the Corrie Dick Group. Matt appeared at Sheffield Jazz earlier in 2019 as part of the Duncan Eagles Quartet.

Matt Robinson is also an impressive composer and this fact allied to the quality of his performance on this album suggests that he has a very bright future ahead of him.’ Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann


Alex Munk

Alex Munk is an award-winning guitarist, composer and bandleader. Alex graduated from the Masters programme at London’s Royal Academy of Music with distinction in 2011, where he was awarded the Elton John Scholarship, the Scott Philbrick Jazz Scholarship and the John Baker Memorial Prize. Upon graduating from Leeds College of Music with first class honours in 2009. Having established himself as one of the capital’s most in demand guitarists, Alex formed the group Flying Machines in 2014. As a sideman, Alex has performed at all of the major jazz festivals and venues around the UK as part of the Stan Sulzmann Big Band, Gareth Lockrane’s Grooveyard, Trish Clowes’s Tangent, Ivo Neame Quintet, Nick Smart’s Trogon and alongside artists such as Gwilym Simcock, Iain Ballamy and Hammond organist James Taylor. He has performed extensively with the world-renowned CBSO, including tours to the UAE as well as all over the UK. Alex has also appeared on a number of critically acclaimed recordings, such as Reuben Fowler’s Between Shadows, Matt Anderson’s Wildflower Sextet and Dave Hamblett’s Light At Night.

“A wonderful young guitarist with a unique musical voice”…Stan Sulzmann


Conor Chaplin

Conor Chaplin has become one of the younger stalwarts of the London jazz scene since he arrived there to study at Trinity College of Music. He is best known currently as part of Mercury Prize nominated group Dinosaur, led by trumpeter-composer Laura Jurd, as well as other contemporary original jazz projects including Flying Machines. He has toured extensively throughout the UK, North America, Europe and Asia performing with diverse artists including Kit Downes, Marius Neset, Thomas Strønen, Bobo Stenson, George Garzone, Billy Cobham, Jacob Collier, Jesse Van Ruller, Iain Ballamy, Julian Siegel, Natalie Williams, Ivo Neame, Tony Tixier, Keyon Harrold, Stan Sulzmann, Bobby Wellins and others.


Will Glaser

Will Glaser is a Nottingham-born drummer and percussionist. An emerging talent on the British Jazz scene Will has worked with British Jazz luminaries such as Dame Cleo Lane, The London Jazz Orchestra, Ian Shaw, Julian Joseph and Martin Speake. He is a member of the Ben Cox Band, 40 Ton Parachute, with saxophonist Sam Rapley and guitarist Nick Costly-White, Sam Leak’s trio and leads his own trio.