With an M.M. from New York University, a B.M. from Berklee College of Music, and a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University in chemistry, saying Sam has diverse interests is putting it lightly. It is his wide range of musical interests and training that allows Sam the versatility to bridge the gap between jazz and contemporary music.
Sam's love of music started when he began studying piano at age 6. As a young boy, Sam was influenced by the musical interests of his grandfather who would play old records of the great crooners like Frank Sinatra, Nat Cole, Louis Prima, and Sammy Davis Jr. This early music education nurtured Sam's love of Swing and Big Band music and the great American composers like Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Harold Arlen. The timeless songs of these brilliant composers became the backbone of Sam's vocal repertoire. Sam's drive to hone his talents and explore his eclectic interests led him to pursue a B.M. from Berklee College of Music and an M.M. from New York University in Vocal Performance. While in New York City, Sam performed as a solo musician and also appeared in a number of Off-Broadway productions.
Sam's musical diversity and training sets him apart from other singers. His style can best be described as classic crooning with a contemporary sensibility. Out on gigs you'll hear a mix of jazz, funk, pop, fusion, and even an Italian song or two. Sam does most of his own arrangements and often plays keyboard on gigs.
Sam released his first EP in fall of 2015. Recorded locally at Soundscape Studios with Bryan Cole and Douglas Kasper at the helm, Sam explored some new and exciting sounds while staying true to his jazz roots. The album features a unique, funky spin on timeless jazz standards. Sam’s voice which is reminiscent of the great crooners of the big band era creates a unique dichotomy with the smooth jazz grooves beneath him. It’s the perfect blend of the classic and the contemporary. Click here for more info or to purchase the album.