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Sam Reed is a tenor saxophonist based in Philadelphia. Working at the Uptown Theater in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he added jazz and rhythm & blues shows to what was at the time an R&B, blues and rock and roll venue.[1] For some years, Reed was also musical director for Teddy Pendergrass, and in the early 1970s, he was the "horn contractor" for Gamble and Huff's Philadelphia International Records. Bootsie Barnes, Mickey Roker and Jimmy Oliver are among the other Philadelphia-based musicians he has performed with. In 2012, he received the Jazz Journalists Association's annual Jazz Heroes Award.

ARTICLE: HISTORY OF JAZZ

Charlie Parker: In Praise of Bird on His 100th Birthday!

Read "Charlie Parker: In Praise of Bird on His 100th Birthday!" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

A hundred years ago, on August 29, 1920, soon after jazz was born, Charlie Parker came into this world, and in the 35 years of a life cut short by addictions and impulse-driven living, he changed the face of the music. His innovations as one of the creators of bebop and his stunning sound and virtuosic ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Roberto Magris: Suite!

Read "Suite!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

When appraising a new recording by Roberto Magris, Rule No. 1 is always to expect the unexpected. On eighteen previous albums, the Italian-born pianist has produced tributes to Lee Morgan, Elmo Hope and Cannonball Adderley, welcomed guest artists Herb Geller, Sam Reed and Ira Sullivan, and led groups ranging from trio to septet, all for Kansas ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Coltrane at 90: A week long celebration for John Coltrane in Philadelphia

Coltrane at 90: A week long celebration for John Coltrane in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Jazz Project in collaboration with Temple University Libraries, WRTI, PhillyCAM, Jazz Near You and other partners will celebrate John Coltrane's 90th Birthday with nine days of FREE events. These events will take place between September 17th to 25th, 2016. One of the most important artists of the 20th century was our neighbor. He walked among ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Philadelphia United Jazz Festival 2015

Read "Philadelphia United Jazz Festival 2015" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Philadelphia United Jazz Festival Broad and South Street Philadelphia, PA September 14, 2015 If this review reads more like an op-ed piece than a detailed concert review, circumstances made it happen that way and enthusiasm created it. On the run, after grabbing a cannoli and a double espresso in the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Roberto Magris: Enigmatix

Read "Enigmatix" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As a showcase for Italian-born pianist Roberto Magris' exceptional talents, Enigmatix works quite well. Magris, who has devoted several albums to the music of others (Lee Morgan, Elmo Hope, Cannonball Adderley) and shared center stage with saxophonists Herb Geller and Sam Reed on others, turns the spotlight on himself and his keyboard this time around in ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Albert "Tootie" Heath, Ethan Iverson, Ben Street: Philadelphia Beat

Read "Philadelphia Beat" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Ottant'anni di fragranza sono quelli di Albert “Tootie" Heath, a giudicare dalla qualità del gioco imbastito in trio con il piano di Ethan Iverson ed il contrabbasso di Ben Street, un gioco giunto alla sua terza e più riuscita mano, votato alle regole non scritte della scuola jazzistica di Philadelphia. Un magistero, quello di Heath, plasmato ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Denise King: Making the Tradition New

Read "Denise King: Making the Tradition New" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Denise King is a jny: Philadelphia vocalist who has made the world her oyster with her unique ability to navigate between rhythm and blues and sultry jazz standards. Discovered in the 1980s by an R&B songwriter-producer, King quickly found her way in the City of Brotherly Love with some of the top musicians in both popular ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Roberto Magris: Ready for Reed

Read "Ready for Reed" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Alto saxophonist Sam Reed is legend in the Philadelphia jazz scene who was leader of the 1950s band, Sam Reed and the All-Stars, worked uptown theatre for a while, performed with pop and R&B stars and served as the musical director for Teddy Pendergrass just to mention a few highlights from his long musical resume . ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Roberto Magris: Ready for Reed

Read "Ready for Reed" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Italian-born Pianist Roberto Magris, never one to let labels stand in the way of tasteful and invigorating music, skates from funk to fusion, blues to bop and even ballads on this prismatic album with guest alto Sam Reed, a longtime trouper on the Philadelphia scene who cut his musical teeth with the likes of trumpeter Ted ...


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