Sam Copperman Trio
Saturday, Aug 3, 2013 – 2:00 to 3:00pm
Main Stage South
Sam Copperman was born in Santa Cruz, California. He began playing electric bass at age eight and switched to upright at age fourteen. He began his career at age fifteen playing for local musicals. In 2008 he moved to East Lansing, Michigan to study with the renowned bassist Rodney Whitaker at Michigan State University earning a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies in 2012. Sam Copperman has performed as a sideman with artists such as Wes Anderson, Derrick Gardner and Enoch Smith Jr. He also currently performs with the Peter Nelson Quartet and the Anthony Stanco Ensemble.
Equally competent at jazz and classical guitar; Matt LoRusso currently studies with Detroit legend Perry Hughes at Michigan State University. The regular guitarist for the Peter Nelson Quartet he is a staple of the Michigan jazz scene.
Judson Branam IV has proven himself to be one of the most talented young drummers of his generation. He currently studies with Randy Gillespie at Michigan State University and performs regularly in both Lansing and Ann Arbor.
The Sam Copperman Trio was formed in Lansing, Michigan. Sam Copperman (bass), Matt LoRusso (guitar) and Judson Branam (drums) met at Michigan State University. Drawn together by their love of swing and their desire to push the boundaries of music they began to perform together regularly in the summer of 2012. The trio also serves as the rhythm section for vocalist/trombonist Peter Nelson.