City: Miami/South Florida
About Samuel Priven
Music has long been the center of gravity in Sam's life. Many of his earliest recorded memories are of tooting a plastic sax or recorder, strumming a guitar tunelessly while learning his ABC's, or singing and dancing in manic, giddy happiness. Sam has had the luck of being surrounded by people with vastly differing musical tastes, and strong passion for life and love. They have had unmistakable roles in shaping his musical outlook, and they continue to guide his decisions today. His goal is to express with every action, the friendship, love, stillness and music that is the essence of being human. And, to always eat a good breakfast.
Sam Priven is a 20 year old composer and saxophonist from Albany, California. Sam is currently studying jazz at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, under the direction of John Daversa, Martin Bejerano, Mark Small, Dan Strange, Dave Hartsman, Dante Luciani and Gary Keller. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sam had the privilege of taking private lessons from Ben Goldberg and Dann Zinn, who remain the two most influential forces on Sam's musical perspective. Sam's hometown put him in touch with many other passionate musicians his own age that pushed him to explore his own musical limits and open his heart further. Keith Johnson was a director of a conglomeration of such students who met at the JazzSchool in Berkeley. His directness, insistence on perfection, and personable qualities have served as a great example of what a band leader can be, and how transformative it is when people come together with common goals and passion.
Sam has had the honor of receiving an outstanding soloist award at Lincoln Center from Jimmy Heath and Wynton Marsalis, as well as being the recipient of numerous downbeat awards in both small and large ensemble settings. He was also selected for the lead alto-chair in California's high school all state jazz band.
Sam has performed with Danilo Perez, Chris Potter, Ben Goldberg, Andy Martin, Wycliff Gordon, Martin Bejerano, and Brian Lynch, to name a few. Sam has played at notable venues in Switzerland, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Italy, and Germany such as the Montreux, North Sea, Umbria, Monterey, Essentially Ellington, and Next Generation Jazz Festivals. He has also spent time playing at local venues such as Yoshi's in San Francisco and Oakland, Rose Room at Lincoln Center, Arsht Center, and Kuumbwa Jazz Center.