I am a solo jazz acoustic guitarist who specializes in jazz renditions of classic tunes from the 40's, 50's, 60's, and 70's. A graduate of Berklee School of Music, I have been performing for many years at clubs, restaurants, weddings, formal dinner parties, corporate functions and anywhere else where a pleasant live music backdrop adds to the overall ambience of an event. My set lists can be for 2 - 4 hours, I have my own professional P.A. system, small or large depending on what is needed, and I am always available to perform on short notice.
Sam was great! The event was a grand opening of a new residential project in Glendale. The music was a perfect addition to the event..
Sam is amazing! We hired him for a corporate event and we we're so happy, we immediately booked him for another. He arrived early and stayed late. He worked with us on the flow of events (speaker, ribbon cutting, cocktail hour, etc.). We could tell he's done this before.
If you're looking for an extremely professional solo jazz guitarist, you can't pick one better than this. Five stars.
Thank you Sam!
Sam was the ONLY entertainment at my wedding this past October in Huntington Beach and he was FANTASTIC! Sam kept in touch with me by phone and email since we were planning from out of town and learned 3 new songs for our special day. Everyone at the wedding raved about Sam and even started singing along to one of his songs toward the end of the evening. Sam is easy going, professional and VERY talented. My husband and I have many happy memories from our day thanks to Sam!
Sam Ortolano’s performance was fantastic at my girlfriend’s birthday party! I had never hired a professional musician/ guitarist before and was a bit apprehensive. However, his instrumental prowess, professionalism and his great personality sold everyone at the party. There was not a single individual who did not leave the party discussing how awesome he played. Many of my friends and family are already planning future events to hire him for his entertainment skills. Finally, anyone who is thinking of hiring a Jazz/ Sinatra style guitarist for their parties would be a FOOL not to pick him! Mr. Sam Ortolano, thank you for making my girlfriend's birthday party memorable.
I love playing my guitar for people, be it a small, intimate get-together of 20 or so people or a large celebration of 200 or more guests. My repertoire of 300+ tunes will appeal to listeners both young and not-so-young. I enjoy bringing to life memorable, classic standards from the 40's, 50's, 60's, and 70's, made popular by singers such as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, etc. But then again, sometimes there's nothing better than a cool, vibey, classic rock song from the 60's, 70's, 80's, or 90's like Over the Hills and Far Away, Dancing With Myself or maybe Wonderwall. Maybe current pop music is your thing, then how about Ed Sheeren, or The Chainsmokers, or The Weeknd. If Uncle Paul and Aunt Betty want to rub bellys on the dance floor, a little Bossa Nova will do the trick like Corcovado, One Note Samba or a number of other Jobim compositions.
All the music I play is upbeat, fun, timeless and very romantic. It is always my goal to make your special event: wedding, birthday party, anniversary party, dinner party, just as upbeat, fun, romantic and memorable. I love taking requests. If I know it I'll play it, if not, then with a little advanced notice, I will be more than happy to learn it. I can work on short notice, no problem with travelling, own all of my equipment including a small sound system. To see and hear samples of my playing, take a quick look/listen to some of my recordings that are featured on this page. Any questions, feel free to contact me directly.
Additional Booking Notes
I am self-contained, owning P.A. equipment for any venue, big or small, onside or outside.
Past Booked Events
|September 23, 2017 • 4:00pm - 7:00pm||Festival|
|May 19, 2013||Bridal Shower|
|February 09, 2013||Corporate Event|