Sam Hirsh was born in Kyoto, Japan, in 1989, and grew up in Portland, OR. At the age of 4, Sam began playing the piano. Influenced by his father, a jazz saxophonist, he began playing jazz his freshman year of high school and one year later was working professionally. Sam was a regular on the Portland music scene, leading his own piano trio and working with various local artists, before moving to Los Angeles.
Sam transferred from Mt. Hood Community College to attend USC Thornton School of Music. He graduated in Jazz Studies in 2012 and has been becoming an active member of the Los Angeles jazz scene since. You can find him playing at venues including: The Lighthouse Cafe, Vibrato Jazz Grill, Blue Whale, Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills Hotel, Hollywood Improv Comedy Club, etc.. He has performed at LACMA Jazz Night (2015), the Newport Jazz Party (2014), Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society (2014), the Watts Towers Jazz Festival (2014) and the Sound Room (2016).
Sam Has Studied Jazz Piano With:
Alan Pasqua, Otmaro Ruiz, Russell Ferrante, Benny Green, Tamir Hendelman, Randy Porter, and George Mitchell
Sam Has Had the Pleasure of Playing/Working With:
Walter Afanasieff, Mike Barone, Ed Bennett, Carl Burnett, Elliott Caine, Gilbert Castellanos, Benn Clatworthy, Chris Conner, Kyle Crane, Alex Frank, Henry "Skipper" Franklin, Kenny G, Matt Gordy, Mike Gurrola, Albert Tootie Heath, Hank Hirsh, Red Holloway, Christopher Hollyday, Steve Huffsteter, Javon Jackson, Danny Janklow, Susie Jones, Kevin Kanner, Patrick Lamb, Nate Light, Charlie Loper, Terrace Martin, Roy McCurdy, Dee Dee McNeil, Bob Mintzer, Ralph Moore, Melissa Morgan, Brandon Eugene Owens, Rufus Philpot, Sarah Reich, Marilyn Scott, Tom Scott, Aaron Serfaty, Nolan Shaheed, Dave Speranza, Evan Stone, Bob Summers, Dominic Thiroux, Katie Thiroux, Doug Webb, Angie Wells, John Wiitala, Matt Witek, Rickey Woodard, Paul Young