Sam is also an accomplished classical player. In 2013 and 2014, Sam was awarded the Saxophone Fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival, where he appeared with various orchestras and chamber ensembles, presented a solo recital, and performed several U.S. and world premieres. He the baritone saxophonist in the Hemispheres Saxophone Quartet, a chamber ensemble well-versed in both jazz and classical repertoire. In 2015, Hemispheres traveled throughout China as cultural ambassadors of the U.S. State Department, with performances and masterclasses in Beijing, Tianjin, and Wuhan.
Sam did a great job on my recording. He and Gary Mayne held the bottom down! Check out the bari lines on Hindsight and Fiesta Español. Slammin!
Clockwise: The Music of Cedar Walton available everywhere February 17.