A freelance alto/tenor saxophonist based in Bristol UK, Sophie has studied with Dennis Rollins, Soweto Kinch, and Abram Wilson. She performs regularly at major venues and festivals across the UK. With her own original projects, Dakhla and Sefrial, Sophie has supported major acts such as Jerry Dammers (The Specials), The Apples, Hot 8 Brass band, Youngblood Brass band, The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and The Black Seeds. Sophie has had regular national radio play (BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 6) and her bands have performed for BBC Introducing's ‘Best of New Jazz’ at the Manchester Jazz Festival, at Montreal Jazz festival for BBC Introducing, and at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum. Sophie's strong incisive signature sound makes impressive use of space and melody.
Sophie has taught for several years, creating tailor-made teaching programs to suit each student. Sophie's main focus is to encourage creativity and individuality, whilst providing students with a strong technical foundation. Whether you are new to playing saxophone or experienced but in need of a push to the next level, Sophie can help you grow confidence and ability. Sophie teaches from her teaching space in Totterdown, and at the Headwind Music shop.
£28 - 1 hour lesson
£20 – 40 min lesson
'Dakhla - here is one of the bands doing great things right now! Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla... is well worth picking up' Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2
'Gorilla Gorilla Gorilla, really is a blazing triumph and puts their name right up there with the best of them in this genre' Simon Redly, Blues and Soul magazine
'A powerhouse. Talent, instinct and creativity make them a real force to be reckoned with.' Sound on Sound
'Dakhla are an important part of the wave of modern groups that draw on the brass band tradition in some way. They are all directed towards a very personal sound that is both fully uplifting and hard hitting' Kevin Le Gendre, Jazz wise
Dakhla Brass weave glittering brass threads into intricate musical tapestries like no other band. Propelled by restless percussion, theirs is ‘not exactly’ music - not exactly jazz, not exactly hip-hop, not exactly brass band or Arabian or second-line Mardi Gras … Yet it draws on all of that and more, pumping with the excited surge of a carnival crowd while catching the careful craft of a colliery band and the artful freedom of New Orleans jazz. It beats like the best dancefloor vinyl just as it barefoot hip-hops across a Moroccan market square. It taps your toes, swivels your hips and strokes your chin all at the same time. This is demon stuff, delivered with deadly accuracy by five exceptional musicians, and it’s in a class of its own.
It is not Jazz-Rock, yet it is a jazz rock that you would never guess by other bands that have been subject to the much abused term. Charley Dunlap, Listomania
Sefrial are exciting, to the mind and body both, and well worth a visit. Sefrial has a strong musical identity. Tony Benjamin, Bristol 247
Sefrial is an inventive new project, performing original music crossing an eclectic range of genres from Jazz to Rock. This project features some of Bristols top players including the brilliant Jake McMurchie on tenor sax, Sophie Stockham on alto sax, Joe Wilkins on guitar, Greg Cordez on bass and Matt Brown on drums.
With a leading role in the excellent drum’n’brass outfit Dakhla as well as pulling together the smart post-jazz quintet Sefrial alto saxophonist Sophie Stockham is at the heart of a lot of quality music on the Bristol jazz scene. This is a trio that lets her stretch out and explore some of the standards and boogaloo classics that she loves best.
VICTORIA KLEWIN & THE TRUETONES are the sweet-spot where great things meet: where tradition meets with originality and retro nostalgia gets down and dirty with musical fusion. Originally conceived as a cross between vocal jazz and blue-eyed soul, the Bristol seven-piece is all that and more, gracefully merging genres and styles to create music that is as unique as it is engaging and accessible.