Sam Wilson is a Canadian guitarist living on the east coast in Nova Scotia. Playful yet introspective, her melodic style reflects her love of jazz, improvised and instrumental music stemming from African American music traditions. She splits her time between a solo guitar project, leading a small group that varies from duo to quintet, teaching and writing new works.
Her 2019 release Groundless Apprehensions was nominated for 'Jazz Recording of the Year' for the Nova Scotia Music Awards and the East Coast Music Awards. Groundless Apprehensions is a post-bop modern jazz compilation featuring her original music and arrangements. Andrew Jackson, Tom Roach, Matt MacLennan and Paul Tynan were part of the quintet that brought it to life.
On September 25th, 2020, Sam re-released her 2017 EP Into A Heart as a full length album on Muzak Records in Japan. This edition includes four new compositions and three arrangements of some of Sam's favourite jazz standards. The album was released in Canada on January 29th, 2021.
Notable past performances include the Halifax Jazz Festival, Open Waters Festival, the 21st Century Guitar Conference and Deep Roots Music Festival, as well as supporting musicians at Prismatic Arts Festival and Nova Scotia Music Week.
“With early steps this well formed, what will the rest of Sam Wilson’s journey sound like?” - The East Mag