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.
Currently Sam is a rising junior at William Paterson University in the Jazz Performance program, on full scholarship. Here, he has studied with Armen Donelian, James Weidman, Mulgrew Miller, Harold Mabern, and Cecil Bridgewater.
Sam regularly performs at William Paterson with various ensembles 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 currently in the process of recording his second CD, comprised of original compositions, to be released later this year. He has performed in New York City at Rockwood Music Hall, and is a regular performer at the Kitano Jam Sessions where he receives high praise. He is an Artist in Residence 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.
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.