Sam Montooth

Bassist / Vocalist / Instructor

Sam Montooth is an in demand bassist residing in Orange County California. He has played throughout most of Southern California. Sam plays acoustic and electric basses as well as being a vocalist. His love is jazz, but is at home playing many styles of music including Soca, Rock n' Roll, Reggae, symphonic works with various orchestras, and musical theater. He is proud to have worked with some of the best jazz musicians around including: Buddy Collette, Mark Massey, Ron Kobayashi, Llew Matthews, Ron Stout, Chris Williams, Jamie Findlay, Kendall Kay, Matt Politano, Bruce Babad, Cris Barber, Paul Carman, Andrew Carney, Michael Carney, Randy Drake, Tom Dustman & Beachfront Property, Gary Gould, Dean Grech, Tony Guerrero, Karen Hammack, Mike Higgins, Jeff Jarvis, Ellen Johnson, Matt Johnson, Dan Methe & the Swing Cats Big Band, Paul Navidad, and Todd Oliver.
 

Media...

Just letting you know I've been slowly adding new stuff for you to check out today. Now on the video page you can see a video that was taken by a friend during one of my gigs last year. Much appreciation to Rick LaVasseur for providing me with the video from that evening!

I've also added a track I recorded with Ron Kobayashi a while back singing the standard, "Meditation." Ron sounds absolutely genius on this track, I know you'll enjoy it!

As I write this, I'm getting ready for tonight's performance at Steamers in Fullerton with the Mark Massey Quintet. It will be another fun evening of straight ahead jazz, hope you can share it with me.

-Keep Swingin'!

-Sam

Newsletter...

I've been building my mailing list up for the newsletter. I'm curious what you'd like to see in it. I plan to definitely have all of my performances listed, but what else would you like to hear about? I'd like to make it more than just a bulletin board via email. I totally appreciate those who are so interested that they want to come out and support me when I'm performing, that still blows me away that there are people who do that! I'm sure there's more I could do in a newsletter to interest you. Feel free to comment below, I'd love to hear your thoughts. And, if you haven't signed up yet, you can sign up by clicking here.

Have a great rest of February!

2014 - A New Hope

Cue the credit scroll...

So, 2014 has arrived and I couldn't be more excited about what's to come this year! I've completed some of the tracks for my album to be released this year. In the coming months I will be finishing this project and getting it out there for people to listen to and enjoy. 

2013 brought so many big steps in the right direction that I'm really looking forward to what will be topping it. I taught my first college course, an Electric Bass class at Cypress College and I've become the Strings instructor for Fairmont Private Schools in Orange County. Aside from those two changes, my position as Music Director for St. Polycarp Church is going on it's 16th year, something I'm still surprised to realize. In addition to all of those things, my gigging schedule has never been busier or more rewarding. I'm so thankful to all the musicians who have kept my phone ringing throughout last year. Especially Ron Kobayashi and Mark Massey, I learn from them every single time we play together. It's like going to school and taking finals all at the same time playing with those guys!

I hope that this new year is awesome for you and I hope to share some music with you during it! 

All the best in 2014 to you!

-Sam