Sam started the saxophone when he was 8 years old and after completing grade 8 by the age of 13, it was clear that he wanted to follow music as a career. When he was 14 years old, Sam enrolled on the Junior Jazz Course at the Royal Welsh College of Music in Cardiff which he attended for two years.
Sam moved to Manchester in 2012 to study at Chetham's School of Music where he would deepen his knowledge of Jazz, take his A-Levels and prepare for Music College auditions. At Chetham's, Sam studied under Iain Dixon, Steve Berry & Les Chisnall, and attended masterclasses taken by Dennis Rollins and other highly acclaimed international artists.
In 2014, Sam accepted a position at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where he quickly became a member of NYJO (National Youth Jazz Orchestra), serving as an official deputy for the Tenor Saxophone chairs. He was also a member of the Guildhall Jazz Orchestra since 2014, participating in a total of 16 projects and during that time, performed such works as Kenny Wheeler's 'Sweet Time Suite', as well as performing alongside artists such as Bass player Laurence Cottle, singer Liane Carroll, 'Strictly Come Dancing' MD, Dave Arch and Tenor Saxophonist and Guitarist, Iain Dixon and Mike Walker.
At the Guildhall, Sam received tuition from former member of The Jazz Messengers and world renowned Jazz saxophonist, Jean Toussaint as well as Martin Speake, Gareth Lockrane, Christian Forshaw, Trevor Tomkins, Malcolm Edmonstone, Scott Stroman, Barry Green, Charnett Moffett, Julian Siegel & Ben Wendel.
Sam graduated from Guildhall in 2018, receiving a first class with honours and 'Final Recital Diploma' and is now performing in and around London as a band leader and sideman of Sam Knight Quintet, The Pucciarelli Group and Elephant Talk. He can also be found writing, arranging and recording in studio sessions on a regular basis, as well as teaching music to all ages and abilities.
Head over to the 'Music' section to see what Sam has been up to recently!
Photography by Ben Pembery