Born: December 16, 1930 | Died: June 13, 2013 Primary Instrument: Flute
Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Sam Most began his incredible musical journey at the age of 18 with the bands of Tommy Dorsey, Shep Fields, Boyd Raeburn, and Don Redman.
His first recording at age 23, a single entitled Undercurrent Blues, clearly established him as the “first bop flutist.” The very next year he was awarded Downbeat Magazine's Critic's New Star Award.
A true pioneer and innovator, Sam is credited as being the first flutist to “sing” or “hum” through the flute, as evidenced by his recordings during the ‘50s.
Between the years of 1953-1958 Sam led and recorded sessions for Prestige, Debut, Vanguard, and Bethlehem, bringing the flute into the forefront of jazz improvisation. He also worked in different settings with Chris Connor, Paul Quinichette, and Teddy Wilson.
After touring with Buddy Rich (1959-1961), Sam moved to Los Angeles and became a studio musician, also working in Las Vegas and Palm Springs with Red Norvo.
Sam resurfaced on the international scene in the late '70s, recording six albums on the Xanadu label, including an album of original compositions, “From the Attic of My Mind.”
Sam’s musical journey and contributions to the jazz world have far from ended. From 1987 to present Sam, along with producer Fernando Gelbard of LiquidJazz.com, has recorded four albums, including “Solo Flute,” an album featuring just Sam on alto flute….you’ve got to check it out!