Born: September 22, 1973 Primary Instrument: Violin
Jazz violin hero Samuel SavoirFaire Williams has been performing international venues since age 5 . Upon meeting and performing with the likes of Jazz phenoms Wynton Marselis , Milt Jackson , Kenny Burrell , and Roy Hargrove , SavoirFaire was inspired to change his musical focus from Classical to Jazz improvisation . Since then he has redefined what it means to be a Jazz violinist by pioneering new musical vocabulary in the idiom . He has recieved critical acclaim internationally for his latest album Running Out Of Time ( Delmark 562 ) and continues to perform with his group The East Side Project aka E.S.P...
30 yrs Performing In the Chicago Area: First Performance age 5 Symphony Center w/ Suzuki strings (Betty Haig), CYS, CYSO, ACO, ASO, Apostolic Church pit Orchestra, Gods House for all Nations Church Orchestra, South Side Family Orchestra, Civic Orchestra (Sub), CSO (youth group collaborations) as well as many regional state community orchestras. Chicago Federation Of Musicians Member – 00 AACM Member – 02 Head lined (Most Jazz Venues Notable) In Chicago --(i.e.- The Velvet Lounge and Hot House, Isaac Hays etc.) w/ different groups including leading (The East Side Project Band) Chicago Jazz Festivals / year round City festivals and After Fest s – 00 –present Most notable groups: Black Earth Ensemble (Nicole Mitchell), AACM Big Band, East Side Project Band (SavoirFaire), Sun Percussion (Don Moye), Cube (Roscoe Mitchell), Devotion (Avreeyal Ra) San Luis Potosi (S.L.P. Mexico)-- 05 With Samuel Martinez Herrera / Andre Mineville Huazzteco Band Nuove Forme Festival (Verona Italy) – 03 With Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble Taste Of Chicago Festival ( Chicago , Usa ) - 07 SavoirFaire Quintet, Hyde Park JazzFest - 09 Discography: Notable Recordings (Sideman) – Huazzteo (05), Vision Quest (01), Afrika Rising (02), Ancient to Future (03) Baddigo (02) Notable Recordings (Solo) This Just In (07) – Running Out Of Time (05), Live at the Shark Bar (04), Live at the Velvet Lounge (03), Heat (03), The Only Other Option (02), In the Moment (01), SavoirFaire Debut (00)
Samuel has been teaching private lessons for over 15yrs . Samuel also regularly visits middle schools, high schools, universities, youth orchestras, and private studios to teach, perform, and/or speak as a Clinician and Guest Performer specializing in topics such as Creative Music, conceptual thinking and composition , improvisation for string players, jazz violin, music theory . You can hire Samuel , with or without his band, for one clinic, a full day of clinics, and/or a combination of days (residency) culminating in a performance. While he is in your community he can also do teacher training, master classes, speaking to parents, media relations. Clinician for private studios and Suzuki Schools. Samuel's early Violin study was in the Suzuki method as a child and has supplemented his own children’s Suzuki training since the age of 2 . He regularly teaches classes in improvisation for Suzuki music students age 3 to 15 and has been invited as a guest at numerous Suzuki camps and studios. Band Teacher Testimonial " My band Kids are still raving about how " Savoirfaire " came and sat in with the class they were so inspired ! I wish we had more of a budget to bring him back for a full clinic , but our budgets keep getting cut ! " - ( Band Teacher ) Jones Commercial H.S. - Chicago Parent Testimonial " Dear Mr. Williams Thank you for being an inspiring teacher that has helped to build Binta's self -esteem ,and confidence. We thanks God for giving her two great teachers during her youth to put her on a strong musical path . As you perfect your artistry in music , by creating songs ,we also encourage you to keep learning and growing in the field of music . We pray that your child (ren) will have great teachers like you . Our prayers are with you Savoir Faire as you pursue your musical career . Grace and Peace to you and your family . " The Manar's Binta Kai Manar -( 6 year old student 2002- 2003 ) Apostolic Church of God - Chicago Adult Private Lesson Testimonial “Samuel is a great violinist who cares a lot about his students. He has a great artistic vision. He is a patient, secure and generous teacher. His lessons have a great educational value musically, professionally and technically. Samuel shared his extensive knowlege of music literature, equipment, gear, technicque, posture, rhythm, history of music, practice routine. Lessons with Samuel were a great and highly beneficial experience for me.” January 27, 2010 Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert 1st Inna Melnikov, hired Samuel for Violin Lessons in 2006, and hired Samuel more than once To discuss educational outreach at your school or studio contact Samuel at email@example.com