About Sam

 Welcome to my Smooth Jamz website. I’m Sam Purkin, also known as the “The Gallery Guy,” because of the work of my IT company, Sam & Company, where we provide premiere computer support to Art Galleries & Consultants from coast to coast as well as to the Hollywood film industry, providing IT services for Academy Award-winning and nominated movies such as There Will Be BloodMagnoliaCatch Me If You Can and Lions for Lambs, to name a few.

Along with my work in the IT world, I’m a  a composer, musician and music producer. And it’s this part of my career that I’m excited to profile.

I grew up in Calgary, Canada and studied music at world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. As a student, I won various songwriting competitions within the college and with ASCAP in NY. I graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Music Synthesis & Keyboards and eventually signed on with Los Angeles-based Len Freedman Music, the Business Manager for Lionel Richie and artists such as Donald Fagen & Tom Scott.

Pursuing a music career in Los Angeles, I quickly joined forces with Michael Boddicker—keyboard and synth ace—who introduced me to the legendary Quincy Jones. I worked as computer programmer on his hit record, Back On The Block. Word got around the music community that I, the “Mac expert”, was the go-to guy for anything computer-related to music. Soon I was working with artists such as Beck, Sheila E, Rickie Lee Jones and super Producer, Trevor Horn (Seal, Yes, ABC). As word spread to the film music community I worked with greats like Michael Kamen (Lethal Weapon, X- Men), Basil Poledouris (Conan, Robocop), Bruce Broughton (Silverado) and Ira Newborn (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Dragnet).

In 1989, I met Canadian Saxophonist Warren Hill, also a Berklee Graduate. The two of us began regularly writing music together into the wee hours of the morning. I co-wrote and co-produced Warren’s first RCA CD, titled Kiss Under The Moon. The CD debuted in Billboard magazine at #18 on the Jazz charts. Warren opened for Natalie Cole on her ‘Unforgettable’ tour in 1991. I joined Warren, playing keyboards with the band and opening 44 shows across the US and Canada, including 3 sold out shows at Radio City Hall in NY.

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