Born in Accra, Ghana & raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Sam is a multi-instrumentalist (saxophones, ewi 5000, & piano) and Renaissance Man (degrees in economics, French, and theology).
From this diversity of experiences, he lives life through the blues, improvisation, and swing aesthetics.
BLUES: The blues reminds me to maintain hope during times of adversity. But hope is not to be mistaken for being naive about the things that cause adversity. So I choose to engage with life's challenges recognizing that they will not last forever and that "swinging back" at life's challenges is appropriate.
SWING: Swinging teaches me the value of collaborating with and being supported by a core group of people with diverse experiences, skills, and knowledge. Together we can bring new rhythms of life into our communities by empowering others to improv--to find their own voice and core group.
IMPROV: This is the result of having the courage to embrace uncertainty and being willing to fail in a learning posture determined not to repeat the mistake. By improvising, I learn to be fully present and communally, intellectually, and emotionally engage with the others.
This is a recording from a rehearsal where the elements of blues, swing, and improv spontaneously emerged as Sam and the band began warming up: