Saxophonist Sammie Lee Roberts has been performing with numerous musicians since 1996. In addition to jazz standards he also performs romantic, soulful ballads and arrangements of bebop tunes.
During the late 1980’s, Sammie met legendary bebop saxophonist Frank Morgan who became his mentor and friend. Sammie was inspired and encouraged to hone his skill along with his natural ability “Practice, practice, practice and more practice.”
Sammie has studied with some of the nations most accomplished musicians and saxophone educators: Cecil Alston, Brian Smith, Mark James, Dave Goldburg and Frank Fontaine and Saxophonist / Pianist Alan Rowe of the Stan Kenton Orchestra.
Collaboration with a talented poet and author professor, Sue Cronmiller founder of the Poetry Xchange led to a wonderful jazz / poetry appreciation curriculum shared with elementary grades 5-7 in Santa Ana, CA.
Organizing a west coast performance memorial celebration for his dear friend Saxophonist Frank Morgan was bitter sweet. It was held at the Jazz Bakery, Culver City, CA. with performances by various artists many of which performed with Frank; Azar Lawrence, Art Hillary, Roy McCurdy, Bill Madison, Melvin Butts, Frank Fontaine, Llew Mathews, Louan Lowe and many others.
Since moving to Southern California in 1998, Sammie has maintained his passion for Jazz and elevated his playing to include “recording artist”. His debut release “My Voice”…Living the Dream” co produced with saxophonist and close friend Jimmy Roberts of the Rod Stewart band receives airplay in over 37 countries; Australia, Germany, Italy, Scotland, Poland, United States, Greece, and France just to name a few.
Sammie maintains a busy schedule, he is very active conducting saxophone lessons, composing, arranging and serves as a consultant to various performers, venues and concerts in addition to performing a wide range of venues small and large alike.