A Berklee alum, and saxophone legend, Sam Kininger has been in legendary funk/soul groups since the beginning, including, but not limited to Lettuce and Soulive. He has also performed with larger pop acts such as Dave Matthews Band, DJ Quik and Wyclef Jean.
As a solo artist Sam Kininger has developed a distinctive, organic sound on the saxophone that is strongly expressive. He consistently demonstrates his technical dexterity and rhythmic precision while maintaining an honest and innovative exploration of musical improvisation.
His debut album included completely original instrumental funk/jazz compositions. The grooves are intense and the solos are aggressively rhythmic and deeply soulful. Loaded with guest musicians, Sam Kininger’s album features some of the most talented musicians on the scene, including Eric Krasno (guitar) and Neal Evans (organ) from Lettuce/Soulive, the legendary Fred Wesley (trombone) from George Clinton’s Parliament and James Brown’s JB’s, and Adam Deitch (drums) from Lettuce/Break Science
Sam Kininger’s original funk band, which features Nikki Glaspie (Dumpstaphunk/ formerly of Beyonce) on Drums, Amy Bowles on Key’s, Aaron Bellamy on Bass and Jeff Lockhart on Guitar has been blowing away audiences with their high-energy funk for about 10 years now, and their musical evolution and popularity is exponentially growing with each show. They have performed at many festivals throughout the country, including The New Orleans Jazz Festival (LA), The North Beach Jazz Festival (CA), Snoe.Down (NY), Bear Creek (FL) and Berkfest (MA). They have also had successful shows in clubs such as The Blue Note (NYC), The Mercury Lounge (NYC), The Elbow Room (CA), Tipitina’s (LA) and many others.
Sam Kininger’s sophomore album, "Anthem", was released in Japan on March 5, 2008 on the BMG-JAPAN label.
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