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Sam First Records

documents concerts at Sam First, home since 2017 to a vibrant Los Angeles jazz and creative music scene. The recordings capture the natural acoustics, placing listeners “in the room” where they feel the moment of creativity.

Sam First Records

documents concerts at Sam First, home since 2017 to a vibrant Los Angeles jazz and creative music scene. The recordings capture the natural acoustics, placing listeners “in the room” where they feel the moment of creativity.

Sam First Records

documents concerts at Sam First, home since 2017 to a vibrant Los Angeles jazz and creative music scene. The recordings capture the natural acoustics, placing listeners “in the room” where they feel the moment of creativity.

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Sam First Records

Sam First Records (SFR), the label, is a new home for high fidelity recordings of select live performances at Sam First. These shows are by artists whose music embodies the grounded and progressive musicality as well as the vibe and spirit of jazz and Sam First.

Sam First, the man, was an old-world tailor who led his family out of the wilderness (and even better, to Los Angeles!), and whose smile warmed his grandson’s heart.

Artist Spotlight

Releases

Releases

  • Sam First Records - LA Stories - Devin square with outer border

    Devin Daniels

    Quintet Live

    A recent graduate of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Studies, Inglewood-native saxophonist Devin Daniels is one of the most unique and exciting voices from LA’s thriving creative music scene. The recipient of countless awards and grants, including full scholarships…

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  • Sam First Records - LA Stories - Clam City Double LP 1

    Jeff Babko / Tim Lefebvre / Mark Guiliana

    Clam City

    Pianist/keyboardist Jeff Babko recorded two nights of musical explorations with long-time collaborators and “Clam City” bandmates, bassist Tim Lefebvre and drummer Mark Guiliana. Unpredictable magic erupts every time these three musicians converge for a “hang”, or in this event, a…

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  • Sam First Records - LA Stories - Humaniod Main 4

    Rachel Eckroth

    Humanoid

    Eckroth can lead with a bold vision or accompany with the subtle skills necessary to make another musician shine. Her combination of jazz experimentation and pop feeling form the engine behind her own work as a leader or co-leader on…

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  • Sam First Records - LA Stories - Vinyl Record Sleeve Joe La Barbera

    Joe La Barbera

    World Travelers

    Perhaps best known for his recordings with pianist Bill Evans in the final years of his life, drummer Joe La Barbera’s energetic touch and masterful soloing has established him as not only a giant in, but a living master of…

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  • Sam First Records - LA Stories - Vinyl Record Sleeve Justin Kauflin

    Justin Kauflin

    Live at Sam First

    At 37 years young, Justin Kauflin has already produced ten albums as a leader, appeared on 30+ albums as a sideman or guest artist, and recorded 48 original compositions for albums and film. It’s no surprise that Justin is both…

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Sam First, The Venue

Sam First, the venue, is Los Angeles’ leading jazz club for world-class modern, eclectic and straight-ahead jazz in an intimate setting, and all within walking distance of Los Angeles International Airport. There are two sets nightly, Tuesday through Saturday, at 7:30pm and 9:30pm.

Sam First, the bar, features friendly service, crafted cocktails, local beers and wines, and first class lounge-of-your-dreams styling.