It’s hard not to hear just how easily melodies are wrung from the hands of an old soul like Sam Wilson. Resembling eyespots on moth wings, Sam’s music wards off what preys upon our tenderness. More than easy listening, her compositions are outright easy going. Passing over edgier idioms preoccupying much of non-commercial jazz these days, the Canadian resident returns the genre to its simpler roots, connecting post-bop energy with contemporary production techniques.” - Todd B. Gruel

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Sam Wilson is an award winning guitarist based on the east coast. Her solo album ‘Into a Heart Pt. II’ (2020 Muzak records- Japan), won Music Nova Scotia's 2022 'Jazz Recording of the year'. In 2021 she was awarded the Paul Cram Creation award, which gave her the opportunity to write a piece in honour of Paul Cram's legacy which was premiered by Symphony Nova Scotia at the 2023 Open Waters Festival. Her forthcoming album 'Wintertides', is a trio project with drummer Jen Yakamovich (Vancouver) and Geordie Hart (Vancouver) to be released in the winter of 2024. Sam frequently plays with the acclaimed trombonist Andrew Jackson in their collaborative project the ‘Jakcson\Wilson Duo’, they released their debut album ‘New Doors’ on January 28th, 2023.  As an emerging composer, Sam has been commissioned by Upstream Music Association to write ‘Illusions on Shaky Ground’ (2021), ‘Waterside’ (2022) and ‘Recover-we’ (2023). Her practice as a performer- composer reflects her love of jazz, instrumental and improvised music.

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