Sam Trapchak was born in 1984 in Livonia, Michigan. When he expressed an interest in music his father dissuaded him from the electric guitar with these words of wisdom: “Everyone always needs a bass player.”
From there, Sam was nurtured by the rich musical tradition of Detroit. He took up the double bass after being accepted into the jazz studies program at Wayne State University in Detroit. He won successive scholarships while enrolled there, and freelanced throughout the Metro-Detroit/Windsor area.
In 2007 Sam was awarded a full scholarship to continue his studies at William Paterson University in New Jersey. There, he studied with Mulgrew Miller, Steve Laspina, and other legendary jazz musicians. Upon completing his degree in 2009, Sam moved to downtown Jersey City where he now resides. He is a full time musician and works primarily in New York City. In August of 2010 he recorded his first album as a leader with his band “Put Together Funny”. The album, Lollipopocalypse, was released on December 16th 2010 at a celebratory concert at Cornelia St. Cafe in Greenwich Village. It is available on CDbaby.com or by contacting Sam directly.
...leadership not only heard in his playing but also in the prowess of his compositions.
- Mark F. Turner (All About Jazz)
...a modernized, unconventional type of jazz that's derivative of most everything and a duplication of nothing.
- S. Victor Aaron (Something Else! Reviews)
An auspicious set by a cat who has arrived, this is well worth checking out
-Chris Spector (Midwest Records)
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced