Samuel “Savoir Faire” Williams

Samuel “Savoir Faire” Williams is a Living Chicago Urban Legend { Classically trained professional – Occupation -( Jazz Violinist ) Jazz is an American Musical Art form based on Chord progressions derived from Early 20th Century American Popular music , specifically the period betwenn 1915 – 1950 . At the age of 5 years old as part of a special group of Suzuki Violin child prodigies of Bett Haag . Samuel performed for the first time at Chicago ’s Orchestra Hall in 1978 .This performance was part of a Public Television Broadcast . This became an Annual event that spanned 35 yrs ,of which Samuel performed with this group for five years . Samuel continued study of the Violin attending The Merit Music School participating in various cirriculum offerings Music theory , Youth Orchestras ( CYS, CYSO , Protégé , All City , All State ) and Private Violin instruction from Joseph Williams in the Tradiontional Method .Having exihbited a high level of proficiency on the Violin and strong leadership skills Samuel was invited by Conductor Frank Winkler to lead the principal desk for the Viola Section for the City Youth String ensemble at the age of 16 . Samuel went on to receive the Merit Music Grant to study Classical Viola with Edward Adelson for a Summer at Interlochen Music Camp . It was at Interlochen that Samuel sat in with Milt Jackson at a Jazz Workshop and after speaking with Mr. Jackson changed his musical focus to Jazz Violin. After several years of struggling to find his voice in Jazz . Samuel met Wynton Marselis while working as an Andy Fran at Symphony Center and after performing for him and mentioning his desire to become a Professional Jazz Violinist , Mr. Marselis instructed him to study with Jazz Violin Legend Johnny Frigo .Mr. Frigo was not interested in Teaching but mentored Samuel in the Jazz Tradition of allowing Samuel to sit in with him at his local performances.During this period Samuel began Classical Violin study with Violinist and Composer Harold Geller who was a Violin pupil of Ivan Galamian .Samuel continued his Classical training with Richard Ferrin Principal Violist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra . To pay for his lessons Samuel Busked on the streets of Chicago and while busking Legendary Jazz Guitar Great Kenny Burrell invited Samuel to work on Professional Bebop Performance at the Jazz Showcase with Willie Pickens and Larry Grey . In the year 2000 Samuel began an apprenticeship with Chicago Luthier Martin Sheridan to learn the art of Violin Making in order to procure quality instruments ,he went on to become the owner of the Violin Shop and managed that business for three years while establishing a name as a first call studio recording session Violinist for artists including R. Kelly and famed arrangers like “Tom Tom ” Washington. Later that year Samuel was voted into the Chicago Chapter of the elite jazz organization AACM for exhibiting an exemplary musical flexibility leading to Samuel being refered to as “Savoirfaire “. After establishing his own indie Record Label Central Coast Entertainment Group LLC.and releasing three independent Albums of Live recordings in 2001 ,Savoirfaire was discovered by Bob Koester owner of Delmark Records and has received critical acclaim internationally for his album “Running Out Of Time”(Delmark 562) . Savoirfaire continues to perform with his group Savoirfaire Jazz Quartet and has been invited to record for numerous albums and perform at International Jazz Festivals worldwide. In 2005 Samuel was personally invited to play an extra role as principal violinist with his quartet the “Renascent String Quartet ” in the movie “Proof ” (05)with Gwenyth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins becoming the first African American Violinist in the history of American film making to be cast in a principal desk position 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.

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