sam chess and his checkmates


Studio footage from “Hot Cereal” October 2017

This song was originally written by Bronislaw Kaper and Walter Jurmann for the amazing 1937 Marx Bros hit "A Day at the Races", although, it was removed from the final cut of the film

arranged by Sam Chess, Robbie Lee (pno), Dan Chmielinski (bass), Gabe Schnider (gtr) Noah Halpern (tpt) Xavier Del Castillo (tn sax)

More studio footage from “Hot Cereal” October 2017

This song was originally recorded/released in 1960 by Milt Buckner on Sam’s grandfather’s label, Chess records.

arranged by Sam Chess, Robbie Lee (pno), Dan Chmielinski (bass), Gabe Schnider (gtr) Noah Halpern (tpt) Xavier Del Castillo (tn sax)



wynton marsalis septet


footage from the Marciac Jazz Festival, August 8, 2015

written by the great Jelly Roll Morton

(Sam Chess’ solo @ 0:50)

Wynton Marsalis (trumpet), Walter Blanding (sax), Victor Goines (sax), Sam Chess (trombone), Dan Nimmer (piano), Carlos Henriquez (bass), Jason Marsalis (drums).

“Oh Didn’t He Ramble”, August 2015

This tune was a triple encore after a 90 minute set.

(Sam Chess’ solo @ 4:08)

Wynton Marsalis (trumpet), Walter Blanding (sax), Victor Goines (sax), Sam Chess (trombone), Dan Nimmer (piano), Carlos Henriquez (bass), Jason Marsalis (drums).

“2:19 Blues” August 2015

A rare video of Wynton singing

(Sam Chess’ solo @ 4:00)

Wynton Marsalis (trumpet), Walter Blanding (sax), Victor Goines (sax), Sam Chess (trombone), Dan Nimmer (piano), Carlos Henriquez (bass), Jason Marsalis (drums).




jazz at lincoln center orchestra


Jazz @ Lincoln Center Orchestra performing Ellington’s “Black, Brown, and Beige” April 2018

(Sam Chess’ solo @ 17:15)

Not just one of Duke’s masterpieces, but one of the greatest American masterpieces. This deeply spiritual, intellectual, and musical feat was performed by the world renown Jazz @ Lincoln Center Orchestra at Rose Hall.

“The Best Of Basie” - Jazz @ Lincoln Center Orchestra April 2018

Paying tribute to Count Basie by playing popular and obscure charts spanning from the 1920’s - 1950’s



other live videos


“Wiggle Walk” June 2017

(Sam Chess’ solo @ 1:10)

written by Benny Carter for the Count Basie Orchestra as part of the Kansas City Suite

footage from the Marciac Jazz Festival - Wynton Marsalis and the Young Stars of Jazz August 2016

(Sam Chess’ solo @ 4:01)

Playing the Duke Ellington classic “Such Sweet Thunder”

plunger solo on Duke’s “Black, Brown, and Beige” June 2017

“Paradise Blue Suite” May 2018

written and led by Kenny Rampton, live at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola

(Sam Chess’ solos @ 30:35, 1:54:40)

Kenny Rampton (tp) Marcus Printup (tp) Sherman Irby (as) Victor Goines (ts) Sam Chess (tb) Dan Nimmer (p) Carlos Henriquez (b) Marion Felder (ds)