I first heard clarinettist Samantha Wright play at the inaugural concert of the then newly formed Ellington Orchestra of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire at the Town Hall, Birmingham in early 2017. On that evening, she showed a mastery of her instrument with regard specifically to Ellington's music embracing a range of styles which captured both the woody, New Orleans inspired tones of Barney Bigard and the more classically oriented, Goodmanesque style of Jimmy Hamilton.
Samantha has continued her studies, presently in Germany, her mastery of the clarinet only accentuated by a Masters degree itself.
Generously, she has made her dissertation, An exploration of the clarinetists who performed with Duke Ellington from 1924-1942, freely available to download.
The link to the download may be found at Samantha's website here.