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Bardfeld, Samuel J

Bardfeld, Samuel J., violinist, composer, author; b. New York, NY, 14 January 1968. His mother is Andrea, his father is Philip, and his sister is Nerissa. Graduated from Wesleyan University in 1990 where he studied jazz with Bill Barron. In 1990-91 he received a full year fellowship from the Ford Foundation to study ethnomusicology with Mark Slobin. He has also studied jazz improvisation with Richie Beirach and George Garzone and violin with Gerald Beal.

Bardfeld is a member of the Jazz Passengers with whom he has toured internationally.  He has also recorded and/or performed with (i.e., under the leadership of) Bruce Springsteen, John Zorn, Frank Vignola, The String Trio of New York, Quartette Indigo, John Cale, Johnny Pacheco, Roy Nathanson, Debbie Harry, The BBC Concert Orchestra, Johnny Almendra y Los Jovenes Del Barrio, Cameron Brown, William Cepeda, The Soldier String Quartet, Septeto Roberto Juan Rodriguez, The Raymond Scott Orchestrette, The Alegre All Stars and Kevin Norton among numerous others. He has toured extensively in festivals and concert halls throughout Europe and North and South America including the JVC Jazz Festival, Saalfelden Intil Jazz Festival (Austria), Puerto Rico Heineken World Music Festival, Detroit Ford Montreux Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, Cleveland Tri-C Jazz Festival, Salzburg Dance Festival (Austria) Bell Atlantic Jazz Festival, Texaco Jazz Festival, The Barbican Centre (London), and numerous others. His wife is Jessica Gerson.

Recordings:
Sam Bardfeld's Cabal Fatale: Taxidermy (1999); Johnny Alemendra y Los Jovenes del Barrio: Evolucianando (1996), Reconfirmando (1997), Jovenes del Barrio, Live (1998), The Best of Los Jovenes del Barrio (1999),Es Differente (2000); Bruce Springsteen: We Shall Overcome, Where Have All the Flowers Gone: The Songs Pete Seeger (1998); Ehran Elisha: The Kicker (1998), The Lowdown (2000); Spy: Music to Mauzner By (1999); Ed Ratliff's Rhapsodalia: Wong Fei Hong Meets Little Strudel (1999); Tipica Novel: La Nueva Generacion (2000); William Cepeda and Afro-Rican Jazz: Expandiendo Raices/Branching Out (2001); Si Laraby, soundtrack to feature film (2002); Icetown, (arranger and violinist), Soundtrack to feature film (2003); Andrea Brachfield: Andrea y Son Charanga (2003)

Unissued recording:
Jazz Passengers, unreleased live recording with BBC Concert Orchestra and Deborah Harry, 2002

Radio and television broadcasts:
 Numerous television and radio jingle finals.

Bibliography:
Publications:
Sam Bardfeld, Latin Violin: How to Play Salsa, Charanga and Latin Jazz Violin (Gerard & Sarzin, NY) 2002. (U.S. dist. by Music Sales, European dist. by Advanced Music).

Television appearances:
Latin Nights, featured soloist on prime time PBS special; and BET Network, BET on Jazz series.

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