Surrounded by music from an early age, Sam Quintana took up electric bass at 12 years old and double bass at 18. Since graduating from the jazz course at Leeds College of Music in 2014, he has become an active member of the city's thriving music scene. He has shared the stage with a host of prolific UK based jazz musicians who include Lianne Carroll, Stuart McCallum, Nigel Price, Julian Nicholas, Tim Giles, Jamil Sheriff, Dave Walsh and Jiannis Pavlidis.
As well as being an in demand sideman, Sam is a member of an array of diverse creative projects and tours frequently around the UK and internationally. He has played at esteemed venues and festivals, embarked on lengthy tours and has several television appearances to his name. Sam has performed overseas in Iceland, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Ireland.
Sam composes for and leads his own group 'Wandering Monster,' who are signed to London based jazz label 'Ubuntu Music'.
As an educator Sam has years of tuition experience, has led workshops in schools and higher education institutions and has worked as a guest lecturer at Leeds Conservatoire, where he also works as an accompanist.
‘Wandering Monster can be justifiably proud of this excellent début. Leader Sam Quintana's writing is mature and evocative, and the standard of musicianship is remarkably high throughout... Quintana himself shines with a double bass solo that combines deep sonority with great dexterity and a strong melodic sense-'
- Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann