Sam Miltich

Jazz guitarist (Grand Rapids, MN)

Performance: Friday, 7 – 10pm at the VFW

Performance: Saturday, 12:30 – 2:00pm at Reif Center (during closing reception)

Sam Miltich is a self-taught jazz guitarist born and raised in the woods of northern Minnesota. In his teens, Sam emerged as a rising star in the Jazz Manouche scene, joining Paul Mehling’s Hot Club of San Francisco and touring internationally with the Robin Nolan Trio. Sam’s fluid and instinctive sound has graced hundreds of stages, from small towns on the Iron Range to New York’s Lincoln Center. In addition to fronting his own band, the Clearwater Hot Club, Sam frequently collaborates with Minneapolis-based jazz singer Charmin Michelle; legendary saxophonist Dave Karr; and many more of the Twin Cities’ top jazz artists. Sam has been featured on National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition,” and performed for Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. He also hosted his own radio program “Sam and Friends” which showcased a year of interviews with renown Minnesota jazz musicians for Northern Community Radio. Sam is passionate about jazz and improvisation and is dedicated to bringing live jazz music to rural places. While maintaining a busy touring schedule, he also hosts a weekly Jazz Night at the VFW in his hometown of Grand Rapids, MN.