Sam Braysher was born in London 1989, but grew up in Norfolk, taking up the alto saxophone at age 11. After playing lead alto in the Norwich Students' Jazz Orchestra he took up a place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2007, where he studied jazz saxophone with Martin Hathaway, Jean Toussaint, Malcolm Miles, Mark Hanslip and Carlos Lopez-Real, classical saxophone with Christian Foreshaw, and flute and clarinet with Nick Moss. Whilst at the Guildhall School Sam performed with Jacqui Dankworth, Stan Sulzmann, Mark Lockheart, Bobby Wellins, Phil Robson, Christine Tobin, Malcolm Edmonstone, Marvin Stamm, Henry Lowther and Julian Joseph, and participated in masterclasses with Dave Liebman, John Scofield, Christian McBride, Mark Turner, Danilo Perez, Marcus Roberts and Randy Brecker.
He graduated in 2011 with a first class honours degree and is now undertaking a Guildhall Artist Fellowship at the school.
Sam enjoys performing a wide range of music, from the American songbook to traditional jazz and swing, contemporary repertoire and new music.
In 2010 the Sam Braysher Quartet won the UK Jazz Radio Young Performers' Award (group category), the final of which was held at Marlborough Jazz Festival.
He now maintains a busy freelance career playing with a variety of groups at jazz clubs, festivals and at private and corporate events. He plays regularly with the London City Big Band, which has a monthly residency at the Spice Of Life in Soho, and has also performed with the London Jazz Orchestra.
In addition to this he teaches saxophone to undergraduate music students at City University London, at two schools in East London as well as privately. He is also a regular contributor to Jazz Journal International as a reviewer and journalist.
Sam is grateful for the awards/bursaries he has received from the Norfolk Youth Music Trust, EMI Music Sound Foundation and the Loan Fund For Musical Instruments.