Sam grew up in Dallas, Texas. He studied classical piano with Janet Jones and competed regularly on the local and statewide level. While attending Booker T. Washington High School for the Arts, he discovered jazz and began taking lessons with local piano legend Bill Lohr. In 2004, he moved to New York to attend the Manhattan School of Music, and now performs in bands led by artists such as Ambrose Akinmusire, Ben Van Gelder, Logan Richardson, Roman Filiu, and Rudy Royston. He has appeared at venues and festivals in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.
In January 2014 he released his debut album, "Interludes," on Fresh Sound New Talent.
Selected Discography :
Ambrose Akinmusire : A Rift in Decorum, Live at the Village Vanguard (2017)
Ben Van Gelder : Among Verticals (2016)
Ergo : As Subtle As Tomorrow (Cuneiform Records, 2016)
Sam Harris : Interludes (Fresh Sound Records, 2014)
Ambrose Akinmusire : The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint (Blue Note Records, 2014)
Rudy Royston : 303 (Greenleaf, 2014)
Ben Van Gelder : Reprise (Pirouet, 2013)