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, including his father's quintet 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, LACMA Jazz Night etc.. Some of his notable performances include: Mezzrow Jazz Club (NYC), Side Door Jazz Club (Old Lyme, CT), the Newport Jazz Party (Newport, CA), Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society (Half Moon Bay, CA) and the Sound Room (Oakland, CA). He has performed with various acts taking him all over California, Oregon, New York City, Taiwan and Bolivia.
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, Luca Alemanno, Mike Barone, Ed Bennett, Alex Boneham, Carl Burnett, Elliott Caine, Gilbert Castellanos, Benn Clatworthy, Chris Conner, Kyle Crane, Graham Dechter, George DeLancey, Joe Farnsworth, Alex Frank, Henry "Skipper" Franklin, Kenny G, Glen Garrett, Matt Gordy, Mike Gurrola, Albert Tootie Heath, Hank Hirsh, Red Holloway, Christopher Hollyday, Bill Holman, Steve Huffsteter, Danny Janklow, Susie Jones, Dan Kaneyuki, Kevin Kanner, Patrick Lamb, Nate Light, Rob Lockhart, Charlie Loper, Terrace Martin, Roy McCurdy, Dee Dee McNeil, Ralph Moore, Melissa Morgan, Brandon Eugene Owens, Rufus Philpott, Jerry Pinter, Sarah Reich, Marilyn Scott, Tom Scott, Aaron Serfaty, Nolan Shaheed, Dave Speranza, Ron Stout, Bob Summers, Dominic Thiroux, Katie Thiroux, Doug Webb, Angie Wells, John Wiitala, Al Williams, Matt Witek, Rickey Woodard, Paul Young