Sam Chess

Sam C.

New York, NY
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Sam delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Hello! I'm Sam Chess and I'm a graduate of the Juilliard School. I'm a huge music nerd and teaching is one of my biggest passions. For eight years, I have been teaching students of various ages and backgrounds, compiling lesson plans designed to work with students at ALL LEVELS. As a prominent NYC based jazz trombonist/band leader/composer, I am more than qualified to teach any student.
I have given numerous masterclasses, workshops, lessons and group lessons in everything from classical trombone technique to jazz history. I offer fun, cohesive lessons catered to your ability in the following subjects:

--Trombone (jazz and/or classical, beginning to advanced)

--Jazz Harmony (any instrument [bass, piano, drums, guitar, etc.] beginning to advanced)

--Music Theory and/or AP Music Theory prep (any instrument, beginning to advanced)

--Ear Training (any instrument, beginning to advanced)

--Arranging/Composition (any instrument, beginning to advanced

--Songwriting (any instrument, beginning to advanced)

--Piano lessons (beginning to intermediate)

*Since I charge the same rate for each of these subjects, many of my students request to split the lesson time into 2 or more subjects

If you have any questions about my specific lesson plans for a particular subject, please don't be afraid to shoot me an email!

Happy practicin'!

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Sam Chess and his Check Mates
Oct 2017 - Present

My personal project. Find our album on iTunes or spotify! A great way to sample my trombone playing and composing abilities.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
May 2016 - Present
Jazz at Lincoln Center

-regular trombone substitute
-various shows and venues in NYC area
-2017 "Big Band Holidays Tour"

Wynton Marsalis Septet
Aug 2015 - Present
Jazz at Lincoln Center

-played at the Marciac Jazz Festival (France) in 2015 and 2016, as well as other performances within USA


Bachelor's in Music- Jazz Studies/trombone
Sep 2014 - Present
The Juilliard School
High school diploma
Aug 2010 - May 2014
University High School


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Nov 2017

ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.

International Trombone Association
Nov 2016

The general purposes of the International Trombone Association shall be: To promote communications among trombonists around the world, to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching, and literature associated with the trombone family and to function as a clearing house for trombone-related ideas and information

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Photos & Videos

rehearsing for the 2015 Marciac Jazz Festival with the Wynton Marsalis Septet

From the 2016 Marciac Jazz Festival with Wynton Marsalis
from the 2015 Marciac Jazz Festival with Wynton Marsalis
with the Jazz @ Lincoln center orchestra in Dec 2017

Photo by Sam C.

Photo by Sam C.
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