Below is a sample of projects with many esteemed collaborators that have been crafted and honed to present at the highest level. We'd love to bring these shows to your local performing arts center! Contact us for information, booking or collaboration on grant applications.
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 gypsy swing and traditional jazz Sam's musical interests include Brazilian choro, French musette, Eastern European tamburitza, and other forms of traditional folk music. Full Description
The Clearwater Hot Club is a dedicated to preserving the repertoire and instrumentation of the Jazz Manouche style pioneered by Manouche Roma jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Much of the repertoire played in this group are songs either performed or written by Django Reinhardt, though other styles of music such as French Musette, Brazilian choro, and Eastern European folk music are interpreted through the musical lens and technique of the Jazz Manouche style. In recent years Sam Miltich has written original works of music in the jazz manouche style, giving credence to the roots and traditions of the music while bringing a fresh new voice to it. Full Description
Famed Minnesota guitarist Sam Miltich and his Clearwater Hot Club compile an all-star cast of musicians to celebrate the music of Duke Ellington and Adelaide Hall. Ellington and Hall were major figures in the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s, embarking on a decades-long professional collaboration and headlining together at New York's famed Cotton Club. The show features jazz vocalist Charmin Michelle summoning the spirit of Hall, blending the power and soul of a legendary vocalist with her own modern-day sense of swing and sophistication. Full Description
Dutch violinist, Tim Kliphuis and Minnesota guitarist Sam Miltich present a night of exciting gypsy jazz repertoire as they tour the country on a five-state tour introducing their new "Duets" album. In the style of famed duo Django Reinhardt (guitar) and Stephane Grappelli (violin), these two current-day jazz greats bring back the Parisian 1930s, alternating moments of dazzling interplay with melancholy and sheer exhilaration. Full Description
When trying to formulate a program of how to highlight these shared aesthetics, and skill, Charmin and Sam were both drawn to and inspired by the true masters who have come before them, Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass. The absence of a traditional rhythm section demands complete command of harmonic and rhythmic structures of songs while also allowing Sam the freedom to weave a tapestry of melody, harmony, rhythm, and improvisation. This provides the backdrop to Charmin's complete command, dedication, and integrity of the songs melody.