“LATIN JAZZ WITH A ROCK EDGE, THE ULTIMATE IN COOL!”
(Rotcod Zzaj - Improvijazzation Nation)
Victor Samalot is a 30+ year veteran guitarist from Cleveland Ohio who draws on his Latin roots fusing timeless Latin groove with Jazz stylings topped with a rock edge that appeals to listeners of world fusion music. Imagine a jam session with the likes of Carlos Santana, Wes Montgomery and Jeff Beck. Fresh and contemporary, Victor’s musical adventure keeps him quite busy performing and in the studio. His influences include Ottmar Liebert, Craig Chaquico, Jesse Cook, Phil Keaggy Jose Feliciano, and David Gilmour.
Primarily an electric guitar player, in 2010, Victor wanted to again put his own stamp on original instrumental music by switching to a Godin acoustic / electric guitar and utilizing the Boss RC 300 loop station. Exploring this instrumentation led to releasing 2 albums, Victor Samalot (self titled-2011) and Esperanza (2017). Both illustrate the vision of fusing genres with an organic vibe. Fast forward to 2020, Victor released 2 singles (La Chica Bonita & Speak Softly Love) which received favorable airplay worldwide.
“Listened to "Esperanza" on the way to work again. Man I just love it... are you planning to do another album like this one?” (Keith Hannaleck - MuzikMan Review / Boston, MA)
Victor and his music is featured in / on:
Jazzy247 (Cleveland Ohio)
Pump It Up Magazine (2018 Highlight)
“The Sun Peaks Through It” - interview with Debbie Burke, Jazz author and contributor to All About Jazz.com
The EntreMusician - Podcast interview with Jere B. (Youngstown Ohio), on the Indie and DIY business of music.
Prior to 2010, Victor was heavily involved with his Jazz Rock Fusion instrumental group Rare Blend. His contribution to the RB sound was powerful and always entertaining. From 1995 – 2010 (now on permanent hiatus), Rare Blend recorded 5 albums received rave reviews regionally and worldwide from major publications such as All About Jazz, Jazz Review.com, 20th Century Guitar magazine, Progression Magazine, Relix Magazine, Akron Beacon Journal, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland Scene, and many more...
Rare Blend also shared bills or opened for the likes of David Sanborn, Special EFX, Ozric Tentacles, Tunnels, Dark Star Orchestra, Kevin Eubanks, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Spyro Gyra, Frogg Cafe, Los Lobos, and others.
Additional projects include…
‘Perfect match for our Cinco de Mayo celebration. Lovely duo, professional, courteous and an exceptional talent.’ (Cynthia B. / Trumbull Country Club - Warren, OH)
Joining Victor on stage is the multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Bobbi Holt! Together the Victor Samalot Duo’s sets blend original music, covers, and improvisations, including instrumentals and classic vocal favorites with a Latin twist. Bobbi is thrilled to be returning to the stage with her long-time collaborator, adding bass guitar and vocal abilities to Victor's already organic rhythmic vibe. Bobbi’s prior projects include producing ambient world music under the name Mind Lab Music, providing bass tracks to Victor’s solo recordings and was co-founder of the Jazz Rock Fusion group Rare Blend as songwriter and keyboardist.
‘Thoroughly enjoyed ‘Que Bueno’, very informative on music I grew up with and learned about new music to enjoy! Even used the handout to create a new playlist! Awesome! (Duane A. / CCPL Brooklyn Library Patron)
Victor Samalot and the Victor Samalot Duo have presented at area libraries, community centers and private events. Offering programs that will not only make you tap your feet, but also open your eyes to a whole new world of learning and appreciation of the topics discussed. From the solo musician experience to highlighting quitessential artists of particular genre for example, they blend music and with literary references and trivia that make for a fun and educational experience.
Currently booking their program ‘Que Bueno’…1 hour musical performance paying homage to select artists that made a significant impact to the Latin music genre and why we should know about them.
“Always happy to bring in the very best performers - Thank you Victor Samalot !! You were fantastic!”
— (Lakewood Community festival)