Originally from Fremantle WA, Sam Anning has become an internationally sought after bassist. Whilst undertaking the Bachelor of Jazz (Performance) degree at WAAPA, Sam became an indispensable fixture on the Western Australian jazz scene, eventually releasing his debut album as a band leader ‘Sam Anning Quintet: Re-Turning Point’ (listenhearcollective) featuring Graeme Lyall AM and cello quartet WOOD.
Sam soon relocated to Melbourne where he also became intensely involved in the jazz scene, performing and recording with Australian jazz greats such as Allan Browne, Joe Chindamo, Aaron Choulai, Paul Grabowsky, and Jamie Oehlers. He also formed his second group, the ‘Sam Anning Quartet’ featuring Eugene Ball, Andrea Keller, and, Rajiv Jayaweera.
After successfully auditioning and receiving a scholarship to undertake the Masters of Music program at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, Sam soon relocated to New York City. There he became highly sought after among some of the greatest bass players in the world. He went on to tour nationally and internationally extensively, including prestigious international jazz festivals such as Montreal, Vancouver, Detroit, Jazz a Vienne, Copenhagen, Port au Prince, and Panama. He would also return to Australia to perform at the Perth and Melbourne international jazz festivals.
He has performed with many international jazz greats including Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, Ari Hoenig, George Garzone, Gilad Hekselman, Greg Osby, and Charlie Haden.
His accolades include the Toyota Scholarship for Jazz (2001), finalist in the James Morrison Scholarship twice, finalist in the 2006 Freedman Fellowship, finalist in the 2007 Melbourne Prize for Music, 3rd place in the 2008 National Jazz Awards, 2008 Bell Award for Young Jazz Musician of the Year, 2009 ARIA Award nomination for ‘Best Jazz Album’, the 2010 Bell Award for Classic Jazz Album of the Year (‘Homage’- Anning, Hannaford, Browne-Jazzhead) and winner of the 2015 National Jazz Award.
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