Bob Hamilton & Jeremie Levi Samson – A Little Bit of Everything
January 11, 2023 @ 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Sponsored by Victory & Richard Grund
Jeremie Levi Samson was born in Paris into a family of professional musicians. He began playing the piano at the age of two, having been taught by his mother and grandmother, both being professional pianists. But it was during the occasional encounters with his violinist uncle that brought him to his instrument of choice – the violin, which he began learning from the age of 7. He went on to attend the Conservatory of Saint-Maur and the Lille Conservatory where he won awards and graduated with honors, having trained under musical greats such as Wacheux Bernard, Julien Vanhoutte and Radu Blidar. After two years of studying Jazz with Yves Torchinsky, Gilles Cagin, Cyril Wambergue and Jean François Canape, Jeremiah Levi-Samson created the Gypsy Jazz quintet Swingin’ Partout, with which he was twice a finalist in the International Competition of Ensemble Musiques de Paris. He also won the competition of the Oignies Multijazz Festival, received radio and TV play on France 3, Bandsport, Wéo, Radio France, France Musiques, France Bleu Nord, Campus Radio, and Radio Boomrang. Jeremie continued his studies at the Conservatory and Academy of Music Tibor Varga in Sion, Switzerland, where he studied classical violin with Yolande Leroy. He received a Master’s in Music Theory. Jeremie has played extensively throughout the world, performing throughout Europe, the United States, South Korea, and Mexico. He is known for his Jazz violin, particularly in the “Gypsy Jazz” genre made popular by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli.
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Bob Hamilton is a freelance musician and teacher living in Palm Springs, California. He is a master of the 6 string guitar and 5 string banjo, a patient and engaging teacher, and an adept improviser, writer, and arranger.
Bob has played thousands of songs on stage with hundreds of bands. He has international touring experience, ranging from rock/pop/soul bands in nightclubs to classical and jazz sets of solo guitar at upscale restaurants and banjo breakdowns on major bluegrass festival stages.
Few guitarists come with the skill set that includes college training in jazz, classical, and Afro-Latin music, national competitions for bluegrass banjo, touring with the most popular cover band in the world, a decade plus in rock/funk/soul bands, and an ability to learn, write and improvise everyday.
Currently Bob performs and records with dozens of bands a year in a variety of genres. In 2017 alone he performed at Red Rocks Amphitheater, New Orleans Jazzfest, the Greek Theater in LA, with the Coachella Valley Symphony, as well as regular Southern California jazz clubs, festivals, and clubs. He performs regularly in Palm Springs and Coachella CA and fills in on tour with several Los Angeles based bands.