Sam Priven is a 27 year old composer and saxophonist from Albany, California. Sam is a graduate of 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 feels very grateful to have returned to the west coast to grow professionally and continue many of the relationships he made growing up. He has had the opportunity to teach at the California Jazz Conservatory, teaching a college level class on the Philosophy of jazz, and teaching other courses for adults and high schoolers.
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.
After being named a 2015 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition semi-finalist, Danielle independently released her debut album, Intertwined. This collaboration with Israeli pianist, Tal Cohen, was ranked #4 on Capital Bop’s list of “Best DC Jazz Albums of 2017” and has continued to receive high praise since its release. That same year Danielle placed 2nd in the Ella Fitzgerald Jazz Vocal Competition, 3rd in the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Vocal Competition, and co-led a concert with Lena Seikaly celebrating women in jazz at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Danielle has performed in several established national and international venues including The Arsht Center (FL), The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (DC), Blues Alley Jazz (DC), SFJAZZ Center (CA), Nocturne Jazz and Supper Club (CO), The Jazz Station (OR), and the St. Petersburg Jazz Philharmonic Hall (Russia).
In addition to her solo career, Danielle is an avid collaborator. She has recently been featured on recording projects alongside Javier Santiago, Aaron Janik, Mark G. Meadows, Justin Rock, Ambrose Akinmusire, J. Hoard, Elena Pinderhughes, Braxton Cook, Nathan Bickart and Andrew Dixon. She has also had the privilege of performing with many renowned musicians in a professional, non-academic setting including Kate McGarry, Cyrille Aimée, Jeff Denson, Keith Ganz, Shelly Berg, Chris Botti, Michael Bowie, Mark G. Meadows and Chris Grasso.