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Samara Joy in conversation with David Sanborn: On fame, family and her introduction to jazz

Meredith Truax
Samara Joy

According to Samara Joy, when she auditioned for the music program at SUNY Purchase college, she knew only one jazz standard, and that was “I Let a Song Go Out Of My Heart” by Duke Ellington. Even though she thought she didn’t do very well, they told her they’d love for her to be a part of the program. She accepted, and the Bronx native feels like “that was the first step of going on this path and on this journey.” On this episode of As We Speak, Samara Joy talks with host David Sanborn about that audition, her musical family, the ups and downs of sudden fame, and much more.

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David Sanborn has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight Gold albums and one Platinum. Having inspired countless other musicians, Dave has worked in many genres which typically blend instrumental pop, R&B and traditional jazz. He released his first solo album Taking Off in 1975 but has been playing the saxophone since before he was in high school when he was inspired by the great Chicago blues artists near his hometown of St. Louis.