Sam Rocha

Redwood Coast Music Festival 2019 Performing Artist

Sam Rocha - mulit-instrumentalist, band leader.

 

Quickly becoming one of the rising stars of the traditional jazz and gypsy swing circuit multi-instrumentalist Sam Rocha is returning to the Redwood Coast for 2019 as both a guest artist and band leader.  Sam is well known for his innate musicality and rhythm and for his inventive, melodic solos.

 

A Fresno, California native, Sam Rocha showed an interest in music from a very early age. Beginning with piano lessons at age 4, his formal musical studies soon expanded to include the viola and bass guitar.

 

At age 15, he fell in love with the acoustic string bass and has since identified himself as a bassist, playing his first professional gigs at 17 with Fresno’s Blue Street Jazz Band, among others.

 

While largely self-taught on the string bass, Sam has closely studied such masters of the instrument as “Pops” Foster, Al Morgan, Milt Hinton, Bob Haggart, Jimmy Blanton, Ray Brown, Walter Page, and Scott LaFaro. In addition to his in-depth study of classic bass playing, Sam has absorbed the nuances of classic jazz tuba, cornet, and guitar playing, and he regularly performs on those instruments as well. While on tour, Sam plays a Chadwick Folding Bass with a hybrid set of gut and steel strings.

 

Performance Times:

VENUE                               DAY                      START 

Adorni Center                      Thursday            7:30pm

The Hot Baked Goods

Morris Graves                     Friday                   6:00pm

Sam Rocha & His Really Cool Friends

Sequoia Center                  Friday                   9:00pm

Clint Baker's Jazz Band with Riley, Nate Ketner, Katie Cavera, Sam Rocha, Jessica King, Ryan Calloway, Howard Miyata

Sequoia Center                 Saturday              10:30pm

Swing Composer's Special - Au, Collazo & Doyle

Eagle House                      Saturday                7:30pm

An INNtimate Evening with Elana James

Morris Graves                   Sunday                 1:00pm

Clint Baker's Jazz Band with Riley, Nate Ketner, Sam Rocha, Katie Cavera, Jeff Hamilton, Ryan Calloway, Jessica King

Sequoia Center                  Saturday               3:00pm

Charlie Baty's tribute to Charlie Christian

Municipal Auditorium        Saturday               1:30pm

Sam Rocha & His Really Cool Friends

Sequoia Center                 Saturday                9:00pm

Swing Composer's Special - Au, Collazo & Doyle

Sequoia Center                 Sunday                2:30pm

Jonathan Doyle Swingtet

Red Lion Pacific                Sunday                5:00pm

Marc Caparone's Armstrong Allstars - After Party