2010 Honour Combo A
2010 Summer Jazz Workshop
Born in Toronto, Sam Dickinson began playing guitar at the age of eight and is now considered one of the bright lights among the next generation of Canadian jazz musicians. Sam studied jazz during high school as part of the Humber College Community Music, followed by post-secondary studies at New England Conservatory and Humber College. Upon completing his undergraduate studies, Sam moved to Montreal where he is currently working on his Master’s at McGill University. Sam has studied with Emile D’eon, Mick Goodrick, Lorne Lofsky, Ben Monder, Joe Morris, David Occipinti, Ted Quinlan, Brad Shepik, and Geoff Young, and has shared the stage with jazz luminaries such as Jerry Bergonzi, Jack DeJohnette, Pat LaBarbara, Kirk MacDonald, and Danilo Perez. Sam has won a number of national and international awards including the top award at MusicFest Canada Nationals (Kando Award), and performance scholarships to New England Conservatory, Humber College and McGill University. Sam was also selected as the 2012 winner of the $10,000 Hnatyshyn Foundation Oscar Peterson Grant for Jazz Performance as part of their national Emerging Artists Awards. While primarily a jazz player, Sam also enjoys rock, Brazilian music, along with other styles, and incorporates everything into his jazz playing. Sam can frequently be heard performing as part of both the Montreal and Toronto jazz scenes.