Podcast: Sam Sadigursky on Career, Doubling, the Creative Process, and More

Sam Sadigursky

In this week’s podcast, we speak with saxophonist, multi-reedist, composer and recording artist Sam Sadigursky. Sam’s played and recorded with artists as diverse as Ray Brown and Brad Mehldau. He is the winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, the NFAA/IAJE Clifford Brown/Stan Getz Fellowship, and the John Coltrane Young Artist Award. Currently residing in Brooklyn, New York, he’s playing in clubs, concert halls, and jazz festivals all over the world. As a composer, he has been commissioned by vocal groups, film directors, and has collaborated with modern dance choreographers in live performances of their works. He can often be heard with the Mingus Orchestra, Gabe Kahane, Lucia Pulido, and countless others.

Since 2007, Sam has released a series of recordings known as The Words Project. The seriesΒ features poetry set to music Β and has garnered enthusiastic critical acclaim. In fact, the debut earned a rare 4 star review by the New York Times and Time Out New York named it as one of the top 10 releases that year.

Topics Covered

  • Building a Career in Music
  • Budgeting time between multiple musical endeavors such as woodwind doubling, composition, and recording
  • The importance of collaboration with other musicians
  • The importance of versatility
  • The development of his practice schedule over the years
  • The creative process behind The Words Projectseries of recordings

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