If you ever have the opportunity to see Nathan Samuelson perform, prepare to be taken on a musical odyssey. His music is imbued with wanderlust —inspired by years at sea and a careful balancing act between new horizons and the love of home. Audiences are sonically teleported to the tropical shores of Brazil, the cosmopolitan streets of New York, and the old world sophistication of Europe. Despite the many nautical miles he’s logged, his music maintains the wholesome honesty of his prairie boyhood. That sweet earnestness and approachability is what turns audiences of strangers into loyal fans.
The youngest son of an esteemed trumpet player and band teacher father, as well as a gentle and beloved flautist/pianist mother, Nathan seemed predestined to play since birth. His passion for trumpet became evident as a small boy, when upon listening to “Feel So Good” by Chuck Mangione he proclaimed that no matter the obstacle he would become a world class trumpet player. On his musical pilgrimage, he has studied under master teachers such as Dominic Spera [Indiana University], Terell Stafford [Temple University -Philadelphia] and Brad Goode [University of Boulder]. A devotee of Clifford Brown, he attends the Clifford Brown Trumpet Consortium each summer, receiving a full scholarship in 2018.
Aside from private study and educational accomplishments, Nathan has developed a strong career as a cruise ship musician, known for both his technical prowess, versatility, and utmost professionalism. He has graced stages in exotic locales such as Brazil, Croatia, Italy, Greece, France, Portugal, England, Spain and more. To add, he shared these stages with world class artists like late soul icon Clem Curtis [The Foundations] of “Build Me Up, Buttercup” fame. He has also performed with Leanne Mitchell, winner of the first series of The Voice UK. In his home community of Edmonton, Alberta he is often found volunteering his talent for children and youth, as well as people experiencing disability. When not volunteering, he can be found performing as a guest artist with jazz ensembles, or leading his own quintet.
After nearly twenty-two years of honing his craft and cultivating his passion, Nathan Samuelson is preparing to launch his debut album "City Lights Ahead" in 2018. The album is inspired by his journey as a young man searching for love, meaning, and for himself across the globe. "City Lights Ahead" is a brilliantly crafted, genre-bending love letter to the open sea, the close-knit family that uplifts him, and the starry embrace of the shore after a dark, stormy night.