Sam Hirsh "Quite Frankly" Album Release
Pianist, composer and educator Sam Hirsh has been an active and in demand member of the Los Angeles jazz scene for a decade and is gaining recognition for his soulful, energetic sound. Described as “a seasoned artist with a preternaturally old soul”, he aims to carry on the tradition of his predecessors and simultaneously create his own voice in the music. He has performed with various acts all along the west coast, Taiwan, Bolivia and New York City.
Born in Kyoto, Japan, Sam grew up in Portland, Oregon, where he would start playing piano at age 4. Classically trained, he began playing jazz his freshman year of high school influenced by his father, a jazz saxophonist. One year later he was working professionally, leading his own piano trio and working with various local artists including his father’s quintet.
In 2009, Hirsh was awarded a considerable scholarship to Los Angeles’ University of Southern California Thornton School of Music where he was mentored by Russ Ferrante, Otmaro Ruiz and Alan Pasqua. He graduated in 2012 and has been performing all over southern California since. He can be seen playing with the Bill Holman Big Band, Melissa Morgan, Henry Franklin, Carl Saunders, Gilbert Castellanos and Roy McCurdy to name a few.
Sam is also a very dedicated educator. Along with a thriving private practice, he teaches at the Slauson Learning Center in Inglewood, California, working with grade school kids at the keyboard. He was also named piano faculty at the first annual Quincy Jones Jazz Camp in the summer of 2019.
His current project is the Sam Hirsh Trio performing original compositions and arrangements. His debut album “Quite Frankly”, featuring New York heavyweight John Webber on bass, Los Angeles drummer Kevin Kanner and saxophone icon Ralph Moore, is set to release on all platforms February 07, 2020.
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