Sam Comerford

Comerford's 1936 bass saxophone is a truly unwieldy beast, yet the bruising riffs and guttural howls from this tree-trunk of an instrument were tempered by surprisingly lyrical, subtle voicing...Intoxicating stuff.

– All About Jazz

Sam Comerford is an improviser and composer from Dublin.

Sam Comerford is an improviser and composer from Dublin, Ireland. Active on the European scene, he specialises in creative improvised music, playing tenor and bass saxophone.

Current projects include his own trio Thunderblender, with Jens Bouttery and Hendrik Lasure, Insufficient Funs, a bass saxophone/drums duo with Matthew Jacobson, Aerie, an avant-garde jazz quintet led by Ingo Hipp (DE), Umbra, Chris Guilfoyle's contemporary jazz quintet, Heptatomic, a Belgian septet led by Eve Beuvens, and Brilliant Corners, a free jazz quartet founded by Manolo Cabras (IT).

As a saxophonist, Comerford has represented Ireland in the European Saxophone Ensemble from 2012-2014. Led by Guillaume Orti, the project premiered works from composers working in contemporary improvised music, and performed 22 concerts in 14 European countries.

He has represented Ireland twice in the 12 Points Festival, in 2015 and 2016. He has worked with musicians and composers such as Hayden Chisholm, Ronan Guilfoyle, Guillaume Orti, Andrew Hozier-Byrne, Joao Lobo, André Vida, Ingrid Laubrock, Stéphane Payen, Yoch'ko Seffer, Nick Roth, Utsav Lal, and many more.