A TEEN’S TAKE: Caroline Samuels on playing the bass

Caroline Samuels
Caroline Samuels

“Playing the double bass is something that isn’t a hobby, but a lifestyle. There isn’t a day that I don’t play bass, because it’s what makes me happy. I love to play classical and jazz music. I prefer to play jazz though, because you get more individual attention, and you can express your mind more.”

Age: 16

School: Baton Rouge Magnet High School, senior

Parents: Marc and Maylee Samuels


Book: “Miles: The Autobiography” by Miles Davis and Quincy Troupe, “because I am learning so much about the history of jazz from it.”

TV show: “Breakout Kings”

Movie: “The Blind Side”

Music: RH Factor, Roy Hargrove

Hangout: Little Caesars

Role model: “Dr. Yung Chaio Wei … the bass professor at LSU … begins every session with Chinese meditation.”

Extra: Caroline Samuels is in Louisiana Youth Orchestra and BRMHS Jazz Ensemble. She is president of the BRMHS Jewish Cultural Association and a referee with the Baton Rouge Soccer Association. She enjoys gigs around town with friends from school and professional musicians. She is spending part of the summer studying classical music at the Interlochen Art Camp near Traverse City, Mich., which attracts students, faculty and staff from all 50 U.S. states and more than 40 countries.

William Taylor

Assistant People editor