Sam Williams is a saxophonist and music educator, currently residing in Boulder, CO. Experienced in a variety of music styles, Sam performs regularly in jazz venues and concert halls throughout northern Colorado and beyond.
In addition to freelancing as a bandleader and sideman, Sam is a member of the H2 Big Band, the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra, and Adam Bartczak's Democracy (a composers collective quintet). Sam has recently recorded albums with The Ben Markley Big Band (featuring Terell Stafford), Tom Gershwin Quintet, Emily Takahashi Quintet, The Democracy, and anticipates the release of his debut jazz album as a composer/band leader in the winter of 2016.
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.
Sam is also a member of 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.
In addition to his work with the Hemispheres Quartet, recent classical performances include engagements with Philadelphia Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and Aspen Opera Center.
Sam earned Master of Music degrees in saxophone performance and jazz studies from the University of Northern Colorado in 2011, where he studied with Dr. Andrew Dahlke. During his studies, Sam was the recipient of numerous awards; in addition to winning the Angie Southard Competition twice, Sam was a member of multiple Downbeat Award winning jazz ensembles. Sam was also the Teaching Assistant for the saxophone studio, and served as Dr. Dahlke's sabbatical replacement in 2011.
Upon graduation from the University of Northern Colorado, Sam worked briefly as a performer and music director on several cruise ships. Sam relocated to Boulder in 2013 and now happily considers it home. In addition to teaching private saxophone lessons, Sam also serves as an affiliate faculty member at Metropolitan State University in Denver.
Sam proudly endorses P Mauriat saxophones, and performs on a PMB-300UL baritone saxophone.