Born in Kyoto, Japan and growing up in Portland, Oregon, Sam Hirsh moved to LA in 2009 to pursue an undergraduate degree in Jazz Piano Performance from the USC Thornton School of Music. He graduated in 2012 and has become an active member of the Los Angeles Jazz scene, performing regularly with Bill Holman, Gilbert Castellanos, Melissa Morgan, Henry Franklin, and Carl Saunders to name a few. His current project is the Sam Hirsh Trio, performing original compositions and arrangements. He has performed with various acts all over California, Oregon, New York City, Taiwan and Bolivia.
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. Sam transferred from Mt. Hood Community College to attend USC Thornton School of Music in 2009.
Notable Venues: The Lighthouse Cafe, Vibrato Jazz Grill, Blue Whale, LACMA Jazz Night, 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)
Sam Has Studied Piano With:
Larry Goldings, 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, Carl Burnett, Gilbert Castellanos, Graham Dechter, Joe Farnsworth, Henry "Skipper" Franklin, Kenny G, Albert Tootie Heath, Red Holloway, Christopher Hollyday, Bill Holman, Steve Huffsteter, Danny Janklow, Susie Jones, Kevin Kanner, Terrace Martin, Roy McCurdy, Dee Dee McNeil, Ralph Moore, Melissa Morgan, Sarah Reich, Carl Saunders, Marilyn Scott, Tom Scott, Nolan Shaheed, Ron Stout, Bob Summers, Katie Thiroux, Doug Webb, John Webber, Scott Whitfield, John Wiitala, Rickey Woodard