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BroadStage presents Lobby Lounge Live at Fairmont Miramar Hotel - Saturdays (June 22 - September 14) @ 7pm

Sam Smylie is an accomplished American jazz composer and songwriter based in Santa Monica, California. His compositions blend traditional jazz elements with innovative improvisation, reflecting the vibrant sound emerging from Southern California. Sam has developed a distinctive and captivating sound that continues to push the boundaries of contemporary jazz, demonstrating his unwavering dedication to his art.

His musical journey began in his hometown of San Diego, where he studied piano under the direction of local jazz pianist Danny Green. He later graduated from the Young Lions Jazz Conservatory, led by trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos, and was mentored by bassist Rob Thorsen. Sam’s unique piano style led to performlng with local reggae and surf rock bands, including Sensi Trails and Foxtide.

To further his musical education, Sam moved to Los Angeles County and enrolled in Santa Monica College’s two-year Applied Music Program. There he honed his skills under the guidance of renowned Los Angeles organist Joe Bagg and jazz vocalist Gina Saputo. While at SMC, Sam participated in BroadStage’s Artist Residency with Four-time Grammy Award-winning bassist Stanley Clarke. Sam was selected to play alongside Clarke at college concerts and pre-show for BroadStage, all pivotal experiences in elevating his musical abilities and deepening his understanding of jazz.

Since relocating to Los Angeles, Sam has held a residency at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire in partnership with the “Nothing but Jazz” series and has performed at notable venues including the Moroccan Lounge, Herb Alpert’s Vibrato, Townhouse Venice, and Tatel. He has also hosted jam sessions at the Stowaway Piano Bar alongside bassist Enrique Duarte and served as the musical director and bandleader for the Late-Late Show with Jack Harris. He is honored to be part of BroadStage @ Fairmont summer series.

In the world of music, there are artists who follow trends and those who create them. Yuko Mabuchi firmly belongs in the latter category. Hailing from Japan, she is currently taking the global music scene by storm, showcasing her awe-inspiring talent as a pianist while staying true to her roots.

At the tender age of four, Yuko found her rhythm in the world of classical piano in her hometown of Fukui. However, she didn’t stay confined to just one genre. Growing up, she was drawn towards American R&B, Hip-Hop, and Blues, but it was jazz that struck a chord deep within her. In fact, jazz captivated her so much that she dedicated her post-high school years to studying jazz piano. This early initiation into a multitude of genres fueled her music into an exotic mix, making it as unique as the artist herself.

Fast forward to 2010, and Yuko Mabuchi decided to take her talent beyond the shores of Japan. She moved to Los Angeles, quickly earning her a spot to perform at some of the city’s prime venues. While her music career took off, she held close her commitment to giving back to the community. For eight years, she has been volunteering as an accompanist for the Watts- Willowbrook Youth Orchestra, a selfless act that didn’t go unnoticed. The City of Los Angeles recognized her efforts with a commendation, appreciating her dedication to nurturing the next generation of musicians.

Over the years, Mabuchi’s discography has grown to include six phenomenal albums. These musical projects showcase her journey as an artist, with each one reflecting her evolution in sound and technique. The first two albums, produced while she was a student in Los Angeles, opened the door to her collaboration with Yarlung Records, a label known for its classical repertoire. This partnership resulted in her next two albums, which were highly praised in the audiophile genre.

On stage, Mabuchi often pays homage to her Japanese roots by donning traditional kimonos. It’s a beautiful gesture that signifies jazz as a universal art form, embracing and harmonizing cultural diversity.

Mabuchi’s mesmerizing performances have taken her to esteemed stages across the globe. From the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and the Walt Disney Hall to SFJazz, each performance solidifies her global reputation. The Richmond Jazz Festival, Detroit Institute of the Arts, and Atlanta Jazz Festival, among others, have been witnesses to her exceptional talent.

In Mabuchi’s music, you’ll hear a harmony of Jazz and Classical, a tribute to her belief in the “oneness” of music. Through her unique fusion of genres, she paints a universal language of rhythm and melody that speaks to the heart of her audience worldwide. So, if you’re looking for a unique musical experience that leaves you touched and inspired, make sure to check out Yuko Mabuchi. For more about her music and performances, www.yukomabuchi.com