Berklee Summer in the CityRESCHEDULED: Samuel Batista
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Samuel Batista is an alto saxophone player born in Panama City, Panama, and the first musician of his family. In 2009, Batista won a full scholarship through the Panama Jazz Festival to participate in the Five-Week Summer Performance Program at Berklee College of Music. He subsequently received admission to the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico and left Panama for one year. Then in September 2012, Batista moved to Boston to study at Berklee on the prestigious presidential scholarship. He has since gained admission to the Berklee Global Jazz Institute. He currently works as the bandleader of the Third Land Quintet, which has been together since 2015. The quintet is in the process of recording its first EP.
Batista's mentors include pianist Danilo Pérez, saxophonist Patricia Zarate, and Panamanian pianist Walter Smith. He has also had the privilege of playing with and learning from musicians like John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, Ron Savage, Lincoln Goines, and Paquito D’Rivera, among many others. You can listen to his original song "Purity" here.