About Sam Burtis


Sam Burtis has been a freelance lower brass player, arranger, composer, music director and educator in New York City since 1967. He plays all sizes and styles of tenor trombone plus bass trombone (five absolutely wonderful S.E. Shires instruments in all) , euphonium and tuba, and a full resume will soon be up on this site. Meanwhile, suffice it to say that he has played, written and taught at the very highest levels of the NYC freelance scene…specializing in North, South, Central and Caribbean American playing styles but by no means limited to them…for over 40 years. A very short list of the artists and groups with whom he has been affiliated would include:


The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra
Gil Evans
Charles Mingus
Lee Konitz
Tito Puente
The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra (Under the direction of David Baker and Gunther Schuller)
Chico O’Farrill
Marty Sheller
Rick Wald
Eddie Allen
The Brooklyn Big Band

Many years of study and friendship with the great brass teacher Carmine Caruso and even more years of playing in lower brass sections with players such as Jimmy Knepper, Urbie Green, Britt Woodman, Wayne Andre, Dave Steinmeyer, Barry Rogers, Gary Valente, Reynaldo Jorge, José Rodriques, Paul Faulise, George Flynn, Earl McIntyre, Dave Taylor, Howard Johnson, Bob Stewart, Don Butterfield and so many other great brass players and musicians that it would be impossible to list them all.

Plus literally thousands of recordings of all sorts, live performances too numerous to count, hundreds of students and two books on the trombone, the now out of print method book  The American Trombone and his current book, Time, Balance And Connections-A Universal Theory Of Brass Relativity (Trombone Edition) which is now available for sale on the webpage http://samburtis.com/sams-books and will soon be published in a trumpet edition as well…mid-summer, 2009…followed soon after by tuba/euphonium and french horn editions.


His arrangements and compositions have been played and/or recorded by The Lee Konitz Nonet, The Charles Mingus Big Band (of which he was the original music director), numerous Tito Puente ensembles, the Larry Harlow Band, the Chico O’Farrill Afro-Cuban Orchestra, the Mike Longo New York State of the Art Orchestra and many other groups as well. He is presently writing for an ensemble of his own…PanAmerica…and plans to record in the fall of 2009.

Sam started posting his ideas about music on the web in the late ’90s under the pseudonym “Sabutin”, and the general popular acceptance of what he was saying among brass players led to a whole new career as a teacher.

In short…he knows what he is doing.

Check it out.

Y’might learn something.

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