Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Samuel graduated in Music Composition from the Universidad Javeriana. He started playing at the age of twelve with local bands and recalls learning a great deal from in-home jam sessions with friends of his musically inclined grandparents and relatives. While in Colombia Samuel played with the most respected Colombian musicians and worked as musical director and arranger for films and soap-operas. Though a classically trained percussionist, Samuel is drawn by the sounds and rhythms of different music genre, especially Latin American and Jazz.
In 1999 Samuel moved to Miami, where he was recruited by Grammy Award Winner Arturo Sandoval, with whom he recorded and toured around the world for four years. Upon arriving in the US, Samuel played with renowned jazz artists such as the late Tito Puente, Chick Corea, Paquito D’ Rivera, Poncho Sanchez, Pete Escovedo, Dave Valentin, Michael Brecker, Don Byron, Caribbean Jazz Project, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Lila Downs, Candido Camero, Mike Stern, and Claudio Roditi among others. He has recorded for Latin pop artist like Shakira, Marc Anthony, Thalia, Jerry Rivera.
Samuel has also performed as a guest of the Florida International University’s big band, the 4th of July Esplanade 2000 with the Boston Pops, 2000, the Singapore Arts Festival, the “5 de Mayo” Celebration 2001 with the Nashville Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Latin Festival 2001 with the L.A. Philharmonic, 2001 Newport Jazz Festival in Madarao, Japan and other important hosts.