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I Teach. I Teach Music. Music is the voice of history, the outlet for the oppressed, the story of the disenfranchised, and the legacy of those discriminated against. Music has been and always will be the conduit through which life’s chronicles are passed, regardless of time period, economy or political climate. As a Music Teacher […]
This weekend I’ll be embarking on a trip to North Carolina to teach and perform with the students at the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program at UNC Greensboro. I’ve had the opportunity to be a guest clinician at several colleges in the last few years – I guess I’m reaching the age where my experience is […]
I’m very honored to have been chosen as the “Rising Star” Flautist in this year’s Downbeat Magazine Critic’s Poll. I’ve been reading Downbeat since I was in high school, and have seen many prestigious names under various categories in the yearly polls. To be included among both my colleagues and idols is quite a privilege.
The Sincerest Form of Flattery… For twelve years I lived in New York City, hanging tough through the daily grind as a self-employed jazz musician, schlepping instruments to and from rehearsals, gigs, shows, and promoting myself as best as I could among the din of millions of other talented musicians. As I entered my twelfth […]
Alpine Clarity – Released June 25th, 2014 A New Musical Adventure The Transformation… Everyone who lives or has lived in New York City understands that it is a place for the dreamers, the driven, and the brave. Every aspect of life is a challenge, from dealing with neighbors, construction, the cost of living, the MTA, […]
This is an article I wrote for Find It Montana, a new website about the wonderful happenings in Big Sky Country. “Play it, Sam!” By Erica von Kleist, Published April 21, 2014 Food and music are kindred spirits. They nourish the soul, engage the mind, relax the body, and dually quell a desire for […]
This is the article I wrote for the Jazz at Lincoln Center ‘s 25th Anniversary book “In the Spirit of Swing”. Wynton called me up one day and asked me to write a piece for the book, but did not give me any opinion on what to write about. I decided to write about the […]
Here is a letter I recently handed out to the students in my studio. “Dear Students, I am so excited to have such smart, talented students in my studio this fall! Every day I look forward to working with each of you, and sharing in the wonderful energy you bring into my home. […]
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