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Sam Trapchak

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

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”...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)

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Jersey City, NJ

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced students

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