About Sam Barnett

Sam is an 18 year old musician from London, playing the alto and tenor saxes. He also plays piano and composes. Sam released his first album, New York – London Suite, in February 2017, launched at Pizza Express Dean Street. 


He is sponsored by Trevor James Saxophones as their first “Emerging Artist” playing their Signature Custom Raw Alto and Tenor saxes. He has two awards from the EMI Music Sound Foundation and has trained at The Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz with Gareth Lockrane. 

Chris Philips (Head of Music) and Nigel Williams at JazzFM have supported Sam since they discovered him busking at Victoria Station when he was 12. He has played live and been interviewed numerous times attracting a number of prestigious gigs including Love Supreme and Jazz in the Round in 2017. Now Jez Nelson is also a big supporter.

Debut album 

Currently longlisted for the UMA 18 (Unsigned Music Awards) in the Best Jazz/Blues Act, Sam's album, New York-London Suite, has had a 4 stars review HERE, and was launched at Pizza Express Soho in early 2017, was performed live at Love Supreme Festival, and is now on digital release HERE.  It has been played and reviewed on BBC's Jazz Now and BBC Introducing, Jazz FM's The Blueprint. Reviews can be seen HERE.

EMI Music Sound Foundation Film - Featured Artist

I have received 2 awards from EMI Music Sound Foundation that have allowed me to develop my playing and composition. Amazing support: HERE


      Debut album, New York - London Suite, on UMA longlist or Best Jazz & Blues Act.



Launch of debut album, New York - London Suite, 27th February 2017 



Sponsorship:  First “Emerging Artist” sponsored by Trevor James Saxophones.
Berklee College of Music, Boston, USA: Full Scholarship to 5-Week Summer Performance


Programme 2015. Part Scholarship Award (4 year degree programme), age 14. 



EMI Music and Sound Foundation Award, March 2013 & October 2014
Scholarship to 2-week programme in Berklee, Valencia, Spain in 2014



Winner: Mayor of London GIGS Youth Category, September 2013






Tomorrow's Warriors With Gary Crosby OBE and Abraham Wilson

National Youth Jazz Orchestra (N.Y.J.O.2 + N.Y.J.O. London)



Royal Academy of Music, Junior Jazz Department with Gareth Lochrane



Member of the CICAS® programme, mentored by Wozzy Brewster, OBE, The Midi Music Company.


2017 - 2020: 

Studying BA Music at JazzCampus, Basel, Switzerland.
Current Tutors include:  Mark Turner, Domenic Landolf, Jorge Rossy, Michael Beck and with Bruce Barth, Stephen Keogh and Perico Sambeat at Global Music Foundation


Past tutors include: Julian Argüelles, Jean Toussaint, Phil Meadows, Alex Hitchcock, Tris Harris.