Sam Chess

Sam C.

New York, NY
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Hello! Through my four years at Juilliard I have studied the great American songbook in depth. I have an extremely strong basis of the evolution of song in America, both technically and historically speaking. I'm obsessed with geniuses such as Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Rodgers/Hart, and all other composers from Tin Pan Alley who paved the way for the future of American music. I'm also very proficient with pop, and especially R&B/soul from the 60's until today.
*Depending on what your goals are, my lesson plan will change. We will do some ratio of analyzing famous songs, and workshopping your original songs. Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions!

Happy practicin'!
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Sam teaches



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 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/bandleader/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 and his Check Mates
Oct 2017 - Present

My personal project. 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

with Wynton Marsalis at the 2015 Marciac Jazz Festival
From my album, my arrangement- solo's toward the end.
Sam Chess plunger solo- with Wynton Marsalis and the Young Stars of Jazz playing Duke Ellington's "Black Brown and Beige"
rehearsing for the 2015 Marciac Jazz Festival with the Wynton Marsalis Septet

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

Photo by Sam C.

Photo by Sam C.

My album cover!! please check it out online!
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3 Reviews

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Negar B. Dec 13, 2018
Trombone · Online

my first lesson went very well. Awesome teacher.

Drew Jul 27, 2018
Trombone · Online

My skype lesson with Sam was one of the most insightful musical experiences I've had in regards to educating myself about the craft of trombone playing. Not only is his remarkable prowess at the instrument itself apparent but his knowledge of musical harmony and overall artistry allows all of his expert advice to come full circle and become even more impactful. His teaching style was incredibly supportive and effective and with clear and concise input I feel like I can very easily implement the information he gave me into my own playing. From the nuances of trombone technique to the intricacies of complex musical harmonies and progressions, Sam is more than capable of instructing students of all ages and skill levels. I would absolutely recommend Sam to anybody who wants to study music/trombone seriously or even is just getting started and wants to build a strong foundation. I can't wait until my next online lesson!

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Deven Jun 26, 2018
Trombone · Online

Sam is a fabulous trombone teacher and player! In our lessons, he is really good at assessing what I can and can’t do and then building lessons to address those skills. As a teacher, he is very fun and down-to-earth while also having high standards and being willing to challenge me.

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