"Really cutting edge, a very promising young pianist."
-Cassandra Wilson

"Barsh is one of the most thoroughly original keyboardists I've heard in years; an incredibly brisk breath of fresh air."
-Nathaniel Friedman, contributor to The Philadelphia Enquirer, AllAboutJazz.com and Jazziz

"One of the most freakishly talented, tasteful and fresh-sounding newcomers today."
-Philip DiPietro, AllAboutJazz.com, in his list of Top Eight Sidemen of 2005

"The Parker-penned 'Mannerisms' and 'Beanstalk' groove with the fluidity of the finest recipe from the George Benson cookbook, while a phenomenal rendition of Marvin Gaye's 'When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You' showcases the guitarist's interplay with the Fender Rhodes licks of new jam partner Barsh.
-Ron Hart, Billboard.com

… Barsh conjures up a shimmering, humid glaze from the keyboards in a manner that fondly recalls Herbie Hancock's Sextant.
-Matthew Murphy,
Pitchforkmedia.com


"Pianist with the gift of groove" -Nate Chinen, New York Times

 

Sam BarshSam Barsh is a performer, through and through. Whether in dark and quiet trance-like ballads or explosive jams, Barsh's intensity and deep connection to music always come through. He grew up in the Chicago area, and has been playing music since the age of 4, starting on piano, and expanding to organ, synthesizers, vintage keyboards, and melodica.

Barsh moved to the east coast in 1999 to attend William Paterson University's renowned jazz studies program on a full-tuition Presidential Scholarship. He graduated from William Paterson in 2003 Magna Cum Laude. Barsh has been based in New York City since 2001, but has traveled all over the world sharing his music and the music of others. His own group, the Sam Barsh Band, performs his funky blend of jazz, r&b and slick ambient grooves. The band has 2 albums, 2008's "I Forgot What You Taught Me" and 2007's "Live."

From 2003 through 2006, Barsh was a member of the renowned Avishai Cohen Trio. With Cohen, Barsh recorded 3 albums and a live DVD, performed at many of the world's biggest jazz festivals and received much international acclaim.

Barsh has had the good fortune to perform with a diverse group of artists throughout his career, including Avishai Cohen, Cassandra Wilson, Jeff Parker, Boyz II Men, Bobby McFerrin, The Brand New Heavies, Robin Eubanks, Debbie Friedman, Branford Marsalis, Lonnie Plaxico, Christophe Schweizer, Robin McKelle, Dave Samuels (of Spyro Gyra), Ku'umba Frank Lacy, The Mighty Blue Kings, Eric Roberson, Omar Edwards, Mino Cinelu, Rez Abbasi, Kenny Wollessen, Nguyen Le, Ben Monder, Mark Guiliana, Robert Mwamba, SPAM All-Stars, Vikter Duplaix, Caron Wheeler (from Soul II Soul), Sylvia Cuenca, Paul Meyers, Kena Sage, Curtis Watts, Roxane Butterfly, Omar Edwards, Dan Weiss, Large Professor, Sadat X (from Brand Nubian), John Robinson aka Little Sci, among others.

Barsh is currently writing and producing music with Jesse Palter for their band Palter Ego. He has also produced albums for Jennifer Lee Snowden, Ilana Martin, and Russ Nolan, and individual tracks for a variety of other artists.

Combining his musical knowledge with a love for sharing and interacting with students, Barsh has given successful and rewarding clinics at universities and high schools throughout the USA. Barsh's clinics focus on the building blocks for a successful musical career, giving equal attention to the musical, business and general life aspects of the music biz. Past clinics have been given at: Yale University, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, University of Capetown (South Africa), Knox College (Galesburg, IL), LaGuardia Community College (Queens, NYC), University Preparatory Academy (Detroit, MI), The Drum Collective (NYC), Theodore Roosevelt Academy (Bronx, NYC) and public and private high schools throughout the USA.

"Barsh has smartly mixed pop rhythms, cutting-edge production, vamps inspired by hip-hop harmonies, and jagged shards of smooth jazz... 'I Forgot What You Taught Me' reveals Sam Barsh as another artist who believes that funk and intellect need not be opposing forces."
-Neil Tesser, JazzIt

Sam Barsh is one of those delightful free spirits, one who agrees to pose naked on the back cover of his debut CD save for a strategically placed melodica covering his butt. His music is cheeky as well, which seems to be dedicated to his rigid but well-meaning music teachers. A former member of the Avishai Cohen Trio, Barsh has created a quirky-but-endearing pop-jazz CD with many pleasing moments perfect for a bright Sunday morning with a cup of joe. “Plans Change” and “This Is the Song” are simple and enjoyable, but the real fun begins with songs like 'Wake Up and Smile,' Barsh’s melodica answering Tim Collins’ vibes work.
- Brian Soergel, Jazz Times

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