A versatile modern guitarist, Stan Samole deserves much more fame than he has gained thus far. He began playing the guitar in his native Chicago when he was 12 and developed so quickly that he was a professional within a year and was recording jingles and gigging locally by the time he was 14. He earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Miami and for a time stayed at the college as coordinator of Jazz Studies; his students included Pat Metheny and Hiram Bullock. Long active as a lecturer and a clinician, Samole was a member of Elements and eventually settled in Toronto, Canada. Through the years he has had opportunities to play with such musicians as Jaco Pastorious, John McLaughlin, Stan Getz and Mel Torme among many others
'Stan has chops that would rank him among the best in the world.’'
‘A bubbling lyrical openness…accessible at many levels’
‘… an exemplary jazz guitar talent…crisp, clean and technically brilliant.’
‘Stan has chops that would rank him among the top guitarists’
‘The performances are impeccable…an impressive technician.’
European Jazz Journal
‘…one of the finest guitarists in the world…’
‘…has mastered the instrument to perfection.’
Miami Beach Sun Reporter
‘…among the best at his craft.’
CITY Parent Magazine
‘…balances superb technique…highly skilled…a player of delicate and fascinating subtlety.’
The Toronto Star
‘…a tasteful, tuneful package.’
The Globe and Mail
‘…an uplifting experience…creative, sensitive….had the audience rapt in attention.’
‘...credentials well established among fellow performers’
‘…one of the best jazz musicians on the continent.’
‘...liquid dynamics…the tone is Wes...the spaces are Miles…he makes the notes shine.’
Winnipeg Free Press
Willing to teach
'A very special artist…a truly gifted improvising guitarist and one of the finest teachers of college level jazz and music theory (as well as private and class guitar of course) I’ve known.’'
Jerry Coker, Jazz Author and Educator
Stan Samole is a jazz pedagogy innovator who developed course material integral to college level jazz performance and education programs. Highlights include:
•Earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Studio Jazz Performance in 1972 and a Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance in 1974 at the University of Miami.
•Attended post graduate studies in Education 1976/7 at the University of North Carolina
•Established the jazz guitar program 1971 and served as instructor in Jazz Studies at the University of Miami in 1974. By 1976 there were 125 students in the jazz guitar program.
•Developed course content relevant today in undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Jazz Composition, Modern Theory, Improvisation, Aural Development, Analysis of Styles and Jazz Pedagogy
•Clinician and performer at Universities including North Carolina (Chapel Hill, Greensboro and Asheville), Yale, Tennessee, Appalachian State, Tennessee, Rhode Island and The Berklee School of Music
•Former students include Grammy Award winners and recognized artists Pat Metheny, Bruce Hornsby, Hiram Bullock, Mark Egan, Danny Gottlieb, Steve Morse, Randy Bernsen, Cliff Carter, Lindsay Blair, Will Lee and Patty Scialfa