"Awesome... worth every penny of the ticket" claimed one audience member after a recent Sam Rucker performance in Norfolk, VA.
Through the saxophone Sam Rucker is blowing a breath of fresh air into contemporary jazz. With a style that is truly the amalgamation of jazz, hip-hop and gospel, Sam is well on his way to making a big mark on modern jazz and urban music.
Sam's first CD entitled "Heat from the Heavens" gives us an introduction to the formula of hip-hop grooves + jazz melodies + a splash of inspirational lyrics that so characterizes Sam as a player and person.
On his newest project, “Tell You Something”, Sam is teamed up with legendary producer Norman Connors, renowned pianist Bobby Lyle, sax great Euge Groove and a host of other great musicians. The formula promises creativity and unique expression that will leave Sam Rucker’s imprint on contemporary jazz.
As a saxophonist, Sam has performed with a multitude of renowned artists including Peter White, Euge Groove, Norman Connors, Cindy Bradley, Tom Browne, Ronnie Laws, Gerald Veasley, Phil Perry, Alyson Williams, and Ivan Neville. Playing with various groups Sam has opened for Will Downing, Norman Brown, Eric Benet, Ben Tankard, Black Sheep, Candi Staton, Ron Kenoly and more. He also had three winning solo performances at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY. Sam's talents are not limited to the saxophone. He has produced and written CDs for several artists including Gospel rapper Israel the Warrior, singer Tonya Smith-Williams and spoken word artists Slim and Blizz.
“Sam Rucker has a genuine appeal.” – Norman Connors
Sam’s unique musical recipe is not just heard, but felt.
It’s music for the soul.
Feel the Flavor of Sam Rucker!