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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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More 2018 Faves, Christoph Irniger Pilgrim & Liberty Ship

Read "More 2018 Faves, Christoph Irniger Pilgrim & Liberty Ship" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

A second week of favourite recordings from 2018 by Scott Clark, Schnell, Jason Robinson, Enrique Haneine, Steve Coleman, Nicole Mitchell and Liberty Ship. This week we also dig into some of the newer releases that have arrived: the Wing Walker Orchestra, Francesco Diodati & Yellow Squeeds, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Christoph Irniger Pilgrim among others. Top it ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jacob Varmus Septet: Aegean

Read "Aegean" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The existence of this album is firm proof that you never know just when or how a benefactor can come into view. Lifelong jazz fan Apostolos Georgopoulos was passing through upstate New York and he had the opportunity to spend a weekend with Connie Casey and Harold Varmus. Upon hearing some music at their home that ...

Land Grab

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2015
Track listing: Pterofractal; Lumpy's Blues; Beautiful Furious; Bell Curve; Breathing Room; Land Grab.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sam Trapchak: Land Grab

Read "Land Grab" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Sam Trapchak's debut as a leader, Lollipopocalypse (Raw Toast Records, 2011) highlighted a double-bassist with formidable abilities and forward thinking music performed by an exceptional crew of like-minded musicians. Land Grab furthers his exploits of jazz off-the-beaten-path. This time around, the music delves into freer and more adventurous designs with plenty of room ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tal Gur: Under Contractions

Read "Under Contractions" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Uncertainty, synchronicity, discombobulation, frustration, and fragility all come to the surface on Under Contractions--the third album from Israeli-born, New York-based saxophonist Tal Gur. Gur--a practicing music therapist--has a way of coaxing emotions out of his instrument(s), turning his own work into a form of self-examination. It's true that autobiography has a place in ...

Lollipopocalypse

Label: Raw Toast Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: Different Dance; On The Cusp of Cancer; Long Live_Less Say; Tongue and Groove; Losing You; Precious Few; Lollipopocalypse.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sam Trapchak's Put Together Funny: Lollipopocalypse

Read "Lollipopocalypse" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Bassist Sam Trapchak's debut, Lollipopocalypse, is inspired by a character who experiences some very unsavory candy in the Toni Morrison novel Song of Solomon. But Trapchak and his curiously named group, Put Together Funny, dish out some palatable music with a release that is equally accessible and stimulating. Replete with infectious melodies, risk-taking compositions, and cohesive ...

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December at The Cornelia Street Cafe

December at The Cornelia Street Cafe

"A Culinary As Well A Cultural Landmark" Proclamation, City of New York, 1987 For reservations and more info call 212 989 9319, located at 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, NYC 10014, email us&#[email protected] Showtimes: Weeknights: 6:00 PM, 8:30 PM, 10:00 PM, Weekends: 6:00 PM, 9:00 PM and 10:30 PM (doors open @ ...


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