Sam Anning is one of Australia’s foremost Jazz musicians. After graduating from WAAPA completing a Bachelor of Jazz (Performance), Sam went on to study and perform in New York City, the U.K., and Europe, where he also developed and broadened his compositional and performance style. He received the Toyota Scholarship for Jazz (2001), was a finalist in the James Morrison Scholarship twice, performed in Sydney as a finalist in the 2006 Freedman Fellowship, was a finalist in the 2007 Melbourne Prize for Music, received 3rd place in the 2008 National Jazz Awards, received the 2008 Bell Award for Young Jazz Musician of the Year, was selected and participated in the 2009 Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music, and received the 2010 Bell Award for Classic Jazz Album of the Year (‘Homage’- Anning, Hannaford, Browne-Jazzhead). He is currently completing his Masters at the Manhattan School of Music.
Sam has performed with a large number of national and international artists including: Joe Lovano, Paquito D'Rivera, Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, Andy Milne, Bernie McGann, Paul Grabowsky, Tony Gould, Allan Browne, Diana Doherty, Jim Black, Ari Hoenig, Gilad Hekselman, Charlie Haden, Wycliffe Gordon, Mike Nock, Goldner String Quartet, Graeme Lyall, Sheila Jordan, Chris Cheek, Darren Sigesmund, George Garzone, Will Vinson, Katie Noonan, James Morrison, Don Burrows, Terrell Stafford, Graham Collier, Jamie Oehlers, Scott Tinkler, Barney McAll, Bobby Shew, Greg Osby, Dale Barlow, George Coleman Jr, Ingrid Jensen.