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Stan Samole

Los Hombres Calientes: Bill Summers (left), Irvin Mayfield (right)
Los Hombres Calientes: Bill Summers (left), Irvin Mayfield (right)
Los Hombres Calientes: Irvin Mayfield and Bill Summers

For Stan Samole, the word accessibility is a key part of his composition and his playing. Although definitely jazz in intention and thrust, Samole’s music draws upon the “university” of sounds – modern jazz, swing, folk, pop, ethnic, reggae and blues.

Born in Chicago in 1950, Samole began playing the guitar at the age of twelve. His strong mathematical background gave him an advantage in learning and developing musical theory. Stan became a professional by the age of thirteen and was recording jingles and playing in local groups by the age of fourteen.

Growing up with such influences as the Beatles, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Joni Mitchell, Stan developed an ease of styles that would result in future recordings and performances with artists as diverse as Jaco Pastorious, John McLaughlin, Carlos Santana, Stan Getz, Nancy Wilson and Mel Torme. A respected educator, he was Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Miami and his students included Pat Metheny and Hiram Bullock.

Stan is also known for his work with the group Elements and for his CDs ‘Gliding’, ‘Stan Samole’ and ‘Childish Dreams: Contemporary Interpretations of Children’s Favorites’.

His compositions have been featured in concerts, on radio and on television.