Sam Sadigursky

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Sam Sadigursky
Born (1979-04-17) April 17, 1979 (age 35)
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Jazz, Art song
Occupation(s) Composer, Saxophonist
Instruments Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute
Labels New Amsterdam Records
Website Sam Sadigursky Official Site

Sam Sadigursky (born April 17, 1979) is a saxophonist, multi-reedist, and composer currently residing in Brooklyn, New York.


Sadigursky was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.[1] He played piano briefly at an early age and then began playing saxophone at the age of 11.[2] While still in high school, Sadigursky was the recipient of the John Coltrane Young Artist Award, the NFAA YoungArts Award, the Music Center Spotlight Awards, a member of the Grammy All-American High School Big Band, and toured Japan as part of the Monterey Jazz Festival All Stars.[1][3][4] During this time, he also performed with Brad Mehldau, Milt Hinton, and performed at Carnegie Hall as part of the JVC Jazz Festival.[5]

Sadigursky studied jazz at William Paterson University starting in 1997. While still in college, he recorded an album as part of the collective group Spirals, which included Jacob Sacks, Don Peretz and Eivind Opsvik. He also played on veteran Japanese clarinetist Eiji Kitamura’s album Jazz Party, an album which also featured Ray Brown, Bill Berry, and Jake Hanna.[6][7] He has played with the Mingus Orchestra, Gabrial Kahane, Darcy James Argue, Ray Brown, and Brad Mehldau. Sadigursky is best known for his song cycles that fuse poetry and jazz music: The Words Project i (2007), ii (2008), and iii (2010), released on New Amsterdam Records.[8]

Sadigursky published his first book of clarinet etudes in 2010, which was followed in 2011 by Clarinet Etudes, Vol. 2.[9][10] In 2012, he wrote 12 Intervallic Etudes for Saxophone, which is published by Delatour, France.[11]

Selected Discography[edit]

As bandleader[edit]

  • Crosswords/Mots Croises (with Christine Correa, Laurence Allison, Laurent Coq, Yoni Zelnik, and Karl Jannuska) (2013)
  • Words Project IV (with Christine Correa) (no date, New Amsterdam)
  • Words Project iii: Miniatures (2010, New Amsterdam)
  • Words Project II (2010, New Amsterdam)
  • The Words Project (2010, New Amsterdam)

Featured on[edit]

  • Brooklyn Babylon (with Darcy James Argue) (2013, New Amsterdam)
  • Musica Para Un Dragon Dormido (with Emilio Teubal) (2013, Brooklyn Jazz Underground)
  • Maladanza (with Alejandro Florez and Tibagui) (2011, Festina Lente Discos)
  • La Palma (with La Cumbiamba eNeYe) (2010, self-released)
  • Gabriel Kahane (2008, Family Records)
  • Corazon (with Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano) (Chonta Records, 2008)
  • Retrato (with Alejandro Florez and Tibagui) (self-released, 2008)
  • Spirals (1999, Unleaded Records)
  • Jazz Party feat. Ray Brown[disambiguation needed] (with Eiji Kitamura) (1998, Jazz Cook, Japan)


  1. ^ a b "Sam Sadigursky Portfolio". New Amsterdam Records. New Amsterdam Records. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sam Sadigursky: Multi-Instrumentalist, Composer, Poetry Enthusiast". 
  3. ^ "Firehouse 12". 
  4. ^ "Valley Students to Play in Grammy Band". 
  5. ^ "Sam Sadigursky Bio". 
  6. ^ "Spirals". 
  7. ^ "Jazz Party". 
  8. ^ Smith, Steve. "Sam Sadigursky". TimeOut New York. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  9. ^ Sadigursky, Sam (15 December 2009). 25 Clarinet Etudes Vol. 1. Sam Sadigursky. ISBN 978-0615321103. 
  10. ^ Sadigursky, Sam (15 July 2010). 25 Clarinet Etudes Vol. 2. Sam Sadigursky. ISBN 978-0615380179. 
  11. ^ Sadigursky, Sam (25 January 2013). 12 Intervallic Etudes for All Saxophones. France: Delator. ISBN 9790232107714. 

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