Born on October 19, 1992 in New York City, Sam Javitch took to the piano at the young age of 3 when he began playing by ear, improvising melodies and astounding with his inventiveness. By the age of 10, he was studying piano with Canadian pianist Bryn Roberts. Guided by Roberts, Sam discovered his love for and talent in jazz improvisation.
Sam attended the prestigious Manhattan School of Music Jazz Pre-College program through high school where he greatly expanded his musical boundaries and made important musical connections. During this period Sam also studied with Jesse Stacken, Karim Merchant and Garry Dial.
Sam completed his undergraduate at William Paterson University in the Jazz Performance program, on full scholarship. Here, he studied with Armen Donelian, James Weidman, Mulgrew Miller, Harold Mabern, and Cecil Bridgewater.
Coming full circle, he completed his masters at Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Garry Dial.
Sam regularly performs with various ensembles in and around New York City in many different settings and groups. He released his first CD, “Distance Traveled” in 2012, featuring Kaitlyn Fay (vocals), Daseul Kim (bass), and Ryan Palermo (drums). He is about to release his second CD of original compositions entitled “People and Places” this fall featuring Matt Niedbalski (drums) Adrian Moring (bass) and Rich Perry (Tenor Sax.) He has performed in New York City at Rockwood Music Hall, and is a regular performer at the Kitano Jam Session, Rue B and Smalls where he receives high praise. He is a volunteer scholar and performer at the Louis Armstrong Music Therapy program at Beth Israel Hospital.
In 2013, Sam attended the NYU School for Improvised Music in New York City where he studied and played with some of today’s great improvisers including Fred Hirsch, Russ Lossing, Andy Milne, and ensembles with Gerald Cleaver and Tony Malaby. He has also served as the Jazz Piano faculty at Encore Coda music camp where he was a camper for 5 years.
Sam is recognized as having a talent well beyond his years and is seen as on a strong path to being a unique voice on the piano. His music is something that has to be experienced and heard to be fully understood. It is truly remarkable.