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Sammy Price

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From Honey Grove, Texas, Samuel Blythe Price grew up in Waco, where he learned to play alto saxophone. Portia Pittman, the daughter of Booker T. Washington was his piano teacher in Dallas. His career began in 1925 when he joined the Alphone Trent Orchestra as a Charleston dancer, soon after he was leading his own big band in Dallas. In the twenties, he performed with Benny Long, Lem Johnson, Leonard Chadwick, and in 1927, he toured with the Let’s Go Show. Price lived in Kansas City, Chicago, and Detroit before settling in New York where he began a long relationship with Decca Records. As a recording supervisor and arranger he worked with many top artists of the time including Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Peetie Wheatstraw, and Blue Lu Baker

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News: Recording

Chris Barber: A Trailblazer’s Legacy Due Out July 23rd On Last Music Co.

Chris Barber: A Trailblazer’s Legacy Due Out July 23rd On Last Music Co.

On March 2nd, the world mourned the passing of Chris Barber OBE. A British Jazz pioneer who performed for over seven decades until his retirement in 2019, Barber was a transformational figure in the UK music scene. He unlocked the door for a new generation of renowned musicians who in turn, continue to inspire on a ...

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Article: Album Review

Nancy Wright: Play Date

Read "Play Date" reviewed by James Nadal


When Paul Williams released “The Hucklebuck" in 1949, it not only became a national dance craze, but also started the popularity of the tenor sax players, or the “honkers," during the golden age of rhythm and blues. The honkers had incredible chops and technique, developing a certain style and sound, that was raucous and raw; appreciated ...

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Article: Interview

Loren Schoenberg: From Benny Goodman to The Savory Collection

Read "Loren Schoenberg: From Benny Goodman to The Savory Collection" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Saxophonist, band-leader and writer Loren Schoenberg, now Executive Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, spent an interesting childhood and teenager-hood growing up in New Jersey in the 1970s, meeting and befriending both Teddy Wilson and Hank Jones, and ultimately becoming employed by Wilson's famous '30s boss, Benny Goodman. Schoenberg was first an assistant to ...

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Article: Album Review

Garvin Bushell: One Steady Roll

Read "One Steady Roll" reviewed by Nic Jones


Garvin Bushell's autobiography, published in 1988, is called Jazz From The Beginning. There's no hyperbole about that title considering he was a musician who worked with both Fletcher Henderson and John Coltrane. This session was recorded later in his life--in California in 1982--and the music hews closer to the Henderson model than it does the Coltrane, ...

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One O'Clock Jump

Featuring the music of Sammy Price
Duration: 6:56

Pianist Sammy Price leads an all-star septet in this 1959 performance of "One O'Clock Jump". Sammy Price - piano Eddie Barefield - alto saxophone Elmer Crumley and J.C. Higginbotham - trombones Jimmy Lewis - bass J. C. Heard - drums
Album

Featuring Emmett Berry

Label: Summit Records
Released: 2002

Album

Play George Gershwin

Label: Summit Records
Released: 2002

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Sammy Price and the Blues Singers: Vol. 1 (1938-1941), Vol. 2 1939-1949

Label: Document Records
Released: 2001
Track listing: Volume 1. 1938-1941. Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Go Down Moses, Heartbroken Blues, Mississippi Moan - Ebony Three; Try and Get It, Jive Lover, I Want a Long Time Daddy - Bea Foote; The Monkey Swing, Jammin' in Georgia, My Understanding Man, Serenade to a Jitterbug - Hester Lancaster - Vocal; My Mellow Man, Knockin' Myself Out, You're Gonna Go Your Way and I'm Gonna Go Mine, Don't Stop Now, My Nightmare Jockey - Yack Taylor; The Low Down Lonely Blues, Rock Me in the Groove, Black Cat Bone, These Low Down Men Blues - Sweet Georgia Brown; Make Me Love you, Fruit Cakin' Mama, Black Gal, Thinking Blues - Ruby Smith Volume 2. Do Your Duty, Low Down Dirty Groundhog - Lether McGraw; Death Letter Blues, Death Cell Blues - James Carter; Let Me Rock Your Home, Why Don't You Do Right, Love Me, Yump Da Da Da, Cannon Ball, Deep Sea Diver - Nora Lee King; If I'm a Fool, I Love to Georgia Brown So Slow, Uncle Sam Come and Get Him, If I Didn't Love You, See See Rider Blues, Let's Be Friends, Catchin' as Catch Can, War Rationin' Papa, Mr. Freddie Blues, Gulf Coast Blues - Wee Bea Booze (Muriel Nicholls); Working Man (Doing the Best I Can); Trouble Blues, President's Blues, I'm a Little Piece of Leather - Herman "Peetie Wheatstraw" Ray

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Article: Album Review

Sammy Price: Sammy Price and the Blues Singers: Vol. 1 (1938-1941), Vol. 2 1939-1949

Read "Sammy Price and the Blues Singers: Vol. 1 (1938-1941), Vol. 2 1939-1949" reviewed by Dave Nathan


Sammy Price, who was active well into his 80's, worked both as a blues and jazz pianist, with special talents in the former genre and quite handy in the latter. This 2-CD set captures Price accompanying a variety of blues singers in his role of house pianist for Decca Records. Some singers here were better than ...


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