Sam Priven is a saxophonist and a recent graduate of the University of Miami, Frost School of Music, and has quite a litany of honors for such a young cat: numerous Downbeat Student Awards, outstanding soloist at Wynton Marsalis' Essentially Ellington Competition at Lincoln Center, Montreux, North Sea, Monterey Jazz Festivals; he follows in the footsteps of such notable local jazz artists as Joshua Redman, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Dann Zinn, with whom he studied privately.