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Samuel SavoirFaire Williams

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. .Heralded for his virtuosity SavoirFaire was inducted into the Chicago Chapter of Jazz's elite Organization the AACM and has been invited to record for numerous albums and International Jazz Festivals world wide . In recognition for his continuing contributions to his art form and commitment to the charge of exposing the world to the Future of Jazz SavoirFaire was personally invited to play an extra role as principal violinist with his quartet " Renasent Strings " in the movie "Proof " ( 05 )with Gwenyth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins a first in the history of american film making .SavoirFaire continues to trail blaze as a composer , producer and arranger breaking down industry barriers by integrating contemporary Jazz with other forms of music such as Hip Hop , Rock , and World Music .for Booking Contact Samuel " Savoirfaire " Williams at # 312 834 9099


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Samuel Williams Makes His Violin His Mistress for a Good Cause

Samuel Williams Makes His Violin His Mistress for a Good Cause

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Of all the musical instruments in jazz music it's fair to say the violin has gone the short end of the bow. Samuel “Savoir-faire" Williams wants to change the way African Americans view the instrument and our history with it. Tell me about African Americans' historical relationship with the violin and how you are making sure the violin secures its place in jazz history? I think, with respect to Jazz, that there is a very rich history in the tradition ...

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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)

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