Welcome to the Jazzviolinist Blog .
My name is Samuel Williams AKA Savoirfaire – Jazz Violinist ;at your service !
It has occurred to me for several years now that the general public including many family members , associates and personal friends of mine do not have a clear understanding of what I do for a living . It has been my desire over the years to expound in detail on the various aspects of what it means to me to be an Artist and also how I attempt to make a living while maintaining a high standard for producing quality thought provoking new work . The very idea that there would be be a need for an explanation had been extremely frustrating for me . From my view along with a generally shared view from Artist friends of mine has been that if it isn’t obvious then its probably because what ” you ” are producing is lacking in some way . However as I have wrestled with the why’s and how’s of my Art , while struggling to be productive and provide for my nuclear family ; it has become more apparent to me that people just don’t have time to think anymore much less appreciate Art . Having come to this conclusion this blog has become a priority that I can no longer put off .
The purpose of this blog is to chronicle my activities , thoughts , techniques and ruminations about Jazz with respect to the Violin . But I am also very interested in the opinions ,discoveries and historic achievements of current and previous Jazz Violinists . In 2003 I recognized that there was very little accessible material on the subject of Jazz Violin and I attempted to launch a website designed to provoke other jazz violinists to pay closer attention to the genre . I bought the Domain Name Jazzviolinist.com . It was my hope that I would be able to locate other like minded musicians from the attention the Domain name would garner on the internet . I was also hoping that it would eventually grow to the point were it would become a ” Virtual Haven ” for Violinists that thought outside the Classical Box . I wanted to have a web presence that featured important Jazz Violin pioneers as well as chronicle the history of the genre and its offshoots . Alternative Violin playing to me is where the Classical concept had matured from , and it feels like the time has come again to harness creative energy to reinvigorate stogy precepts . To my disappointment things didn’t go as planned . There was no flood of emails and messages . There were no societies and organizations clamoring to submit material or concerned with Jazzviolinist.com . What I did notice however is that even though there weren’t droves of people paying attention to the niche ( Jazz Violin ) there became a need for other Jazz Violinists to re -title searches for themselves by posting Jazz Violinist before their name . This was very exciting to me it felt like I had become a subconscious catalyst for change in the mind set of existing Jazz Violin artists and the various marketing machines behind them . Since then my personal struggles to cultivate my own playing and basic survival as a full-time musician have taken precedence . I had to focus on my own career and try to maintain and document my own work . So I am hoping that this blog format will inspire other alternative Violin players to respond and communicate with their discoveries so that this may become a place for us to grow .
So lets begin by exploring with the title question:
I will add my opinions on this subject little by little everyday . I will also be looking for and responding to comments and posts from anyone who cares LOL .