For this performance the Clearwater Hot Club represent the group’s rhythm section featuring Tim as soloist. Through his work with Gypsy Jazz musicians worldwide, Tim Kliphuis is a sought after soloist. He maintains a busy touring schedule around the world incorporating his special style encompassing many genres of music.
Tim is also an avid educator with his workshops featured at festivals, conservatories and summer classes in many parts of the world. Tim Kliphuis is professor of Jazz violin at the Conservatoire of Tilburg, Holland and holds the Jazz violin chair at Tilburg Conservatory. This is along with hosting the annual Grappelli-Django Camp in Holland in August each year.
Sam Miltich, a Gypsy Jazz guitarist by profession, is well known to the Edge and is returning. Sam (above) plays regularly as a soloist with his band “Sam Miltich and the Clearwater Hot Club.” Born and raised in Minnesota’s north woods Sam has musical interests beyond gypsy jazz including Brazilian choro, French musette, Eastern European tamburitza, and other forms of traditional folk music. Early, Sam’s musical interests included Duke Ellington and George Gershwin. He started playing music early in his life and by the age of 13, guitar became his instrument of choice. He toured widely in the U.S. and Europe with a variety of groups before “The Clearwater Hot Club.” Dutch violinist Kliphuis is but one of a variety of soloists with whom you will see and hear Sam playing.
Bassist Matthew Miltich (above) is Sam’s father and comes from musical parents. His career as a jazz bassist began in earnest when his son began to perform professionally and asked Matthew to accompany him. Matthew has played jazz in a variety of venues, as far away as Japan, and as close as his hometown of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. He’s performed in jazz clubs and toured with vocalists in Canada and from as far east in the U.S. as Eastport Maine, west as Puget Sound, in pubs and coffee houses and concert halls. He holds four college degrees (two Bachelors degrees, two Masters degrees) in language, literature, and writing, but as a bassist is essentially self-taught.
In a Duluth News Tribune review of a Sam and Tiim CD a reviewer said, “Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis and Grand Rapids guitarist Sam Miltich sound just like a modern-day version of Stephane Grapelli and Django Reinhardt. They have it all: touch, tone, time, phrasing and note choices all in the exact tradition of the masters of Gypsy jazz. Plus, they do it without direct and overt copying. It's more like these two have this style so deeply imprinted in their blood and bones that it's second nature. It's not an affectation, not even an adopted mode.”
Clearwater Hot Club - Photo by Sally Hanson
So for a chance to see “Tim Kliphuis with Sam Miltich and the Clearwater Hot Club” presenting a mix of gypsy jazz, folk music, American swing, and Latin music come to the Edge Center in Bigfork on July 2nd. With the popular Clearwater Hot Club enhanced with the talents of the Dutch Soloist Tim Kliphuis this is sure to be an evening of wonderful entertainment. The performance is Thursday, July 2nd on The Edge Center stage at 7PM. Prices are $10 adults and $5 children.