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Meet Sam Dillon

Purchase was an extremely valuable and transitive time for me--I remember making great use of the practice room!

Sam Dillon (’07 BM, ’09 MM)

After being selected as a semi-finalist in the 2013 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition, I was accepted to the Artist Diploma program at Julliard.  I graduated from Julliard last May and that was my third degree.  This was a fully funded program for jazz sextet in which I was the only saxophonist.  We toured internationally, playing at several jazz festivals and concert halls in addition to conducting an array of masterclasses, clinics and various teaching situations. 

As of late, I am on the new Vincent Herring Recording for Smoke Sessions called “Hard Times”, and I will be on two upcoming album releases for PosiTone Records in 2019.  The first album will be out early January, where I’m sharing a front line with Nick Finzer and Alexa Tarantino entitled “Something Blue”.  The second album, expected to be out in late April, will be my second release as a leader, entitled “Force Field”.  The band includes a front line of my good friends and Purchase alumni Max Darche and Andrew Gould.

Recently, I have played a host of performances with The David Weiss Sextet, The Jimmy Heath Big Band, Migiwa Miyajima Jazz Orchestra, Ron Carter Big Band and The New Slide Hampton Octet which will be going into the studio at some point this year.  I also have a batch of up-coming dates at The Jazz Standard with the Mingus Big Band in April and I will have the honor of playing with The Jimmy Heath Big Band at the Blue Note in January.  I was on Jimmy’s recent big band recording at Sear Sound Studios which should be released in 2019 as well.

This past November I was honored to go on tour with The Mingus Big Band and perform at The Blue Note in Japan.  Lastly, I just recorded my first quartet album as a leader for Cellar Live Records and am in the process of mixing and mastering, I am unsure of the title at this point.  The album includes Billy Drummond, Peter Zak and Yoshi Waki.  We have already played several performances under my name and will be looking forward to more.