Sam Miltich & Briand Morrison
Over the last few years, Northern Minnesota jazz guitarists, Briand Morrison and Sam Miltich have embarked on a creative journey exploring the music of some of the finest jazz guitarists who ever lived. When Miltich and Morrison met, there was an immediate musical connection between them. Their guitar styles, though different, seemed to blend perfectly, combining emotions both fierce and driving as well as gentle and contemplative. Both guitarists have deep roots and grounding in the musicians that came before them. As they played and spoke, the common threads of their shared musical heritage became immediately apparent. Both musicians were influenced by Django Reinhardt, Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, and Lenny Breau.
Briand and Sam perform songs highlighting the repertoire of these guitar greats. Though they are inspired by those who came before them, the pair seeks not to create a musical review, but instead bring their own voice to the repertoire of the heros that came before them. When asked about his collaborations with Morrison, Miltich responds with enthusiasm, “I get to play with a truly talented cat in Briand Morrison. The thing I dig the most is the interaction we have while playing. It’s a very dynamic and communicative setting. A true jazz experience.” Morrison is equally complimentary of Miltich stating, "Playing with Sam is one of the most rewarding and satisfying musical experiences I've had in many years." This duo's love of jazz and deep respect for each other build a beautiful platform for their stunning performance.
Sam Miltich is a self-taught jazz guitarist born and raised in the woods of northern Minnesota. Sam entered the scene in his teens as a young lion of gypsy jazz, joining Paul Mehling's Hot Club of San Francisco and touring internationally with the world-renowned Robin Nolan Trio. Sam's fluid and instinctive sound has graced hundreds of stages, from small towns on the Iron Range to New York's Lincoln Center. In addition to fronting his own band, the Clearwater Hot Club, Sam records and performs extensively with Minneapolis-based jazz singers, Connie Evingson and Charmin Michelle; legendary Twin Cities saxophonist Dave Karr; and Dutch swing violin maestro, Tim Kliphuis. In addition to a busy touring schedule, Sam also hosts a weekly Jazz at the VFW night in his home town of Grand Rapids, MN.
Briand Morrison was born in New York and raised in Providence Rhode Island by two artists in the 60’s. He was surrounded by all sorts of music and influenced in early years by folk, classical and jazz while learning to play guitar around the dining room table. Morrison's life changed for good when he heard Joe Pass' Portraits of Duke Ellington. He fell in love with jazz improvisation as a form of composition on the fly which blurs the line between composer and player. At the young age of sixteen, Morrison began teaching at the West Bank School of Music. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and the University of MN before settling in Grand Portage, MN.