Sam Ortolano  
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  • I am an experienced solo guitarist who plays a mix of Bossa Novas, Latin-flavored tunes, and Jazz Standards. I can also mix in a number of Classic Rock tunes if the gig calls for it.
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    Rock Jazz Latin
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Biography

A Los Angeles-based guitarist, Sam started playing at the age of 5 and has never stopped. In his early teens, when his friends were all listening to pop music, Sam discovered the world of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Shakti, Chick Corea, Return to Forever, Allan Holdsworth, Paco, John and Al, and Pat Metheny. He was immediately moved by the creativity and inspired by the virtuosity. From that point on the guitar became the center of his universe, practicing up to 8 hours a day, with a thirst for knowledge and a drive to be the best guitarist/musician he could be.

A college educated musician, Sam has spent his professional life performing with various groups as well as leading his own bands. Covering a wide spectrum of musical styles, he has enjoyed playing rock, jazz, fusion, pop, and progressive metal with multiple studio recordings being released in each genre. Sam has performed hundreds of shows up and down the west coast as well as having extended residencies as a solo guitarist at a number of bars and restaurants in So Cal.

Currently, Sam works primarily as a solo guitarist specializing in Brazilian Bossa Novas, Latin-flavored tunes and memorable Jazz Standards. All the music he plays is upbeat and warm and can be enjoyed by listeners who are young and not so young. 

 

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