Sammy Price

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Price (back) with Wilbur De Paris (left), Sidney De Paris , Eddie Barefield and Charlie Traeger, Jimmy Ryan's (Club), New York, around July 1947. Photo: William P. Gottlieb .

Samuel Blythe Price , called Sam or Sammy, (born October 6, 1908 in Honey Grove , Texas , † April 14, 1992 in New York City ) was an American jazz ( swing ), blues and boogie woogie pianist.

Price studied piano in Dallas and at the beginning of his career was also a singer and dancer in Alphonse Trent's band (1927 to 1930). He made his first recording in 1929 ("Sammy Price and his Four Quarters"). He was then in Kansas City for a few years and then in Chicago and Detroit . In 1938 he became resident pianist at Decca in New York, where he a. a. the blues singers Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Trixie Smith accompanied. In the 1940s he led his own band "Texas Blusicians" (with Don Stovall and Emmett Berry , among others ), which also once recorded with Lester Young . He also played regularly in 52nd Street clubs and in musicals. In 1948 he played with Mezz Mezzrow at the Nice Jazz Festival . In 1951 he was back in Texas. In 1954 he was in New York and accompanied Mahalia Jackson and Jimmy Rushing . He also played a lot with rhythm and blues bands. In 1955/6 he toured Europe with his own band. He was then the partner of Red Allen until 1967 . He then played in the Roosevelt Hotel in New York ( e.g. in the West End Cafe ) and in the mid-1970s in the New Orleans-oriented Crawdaddy Restaurant in New York, where he also played. B. performed with Benny Goodman and Buddy Rich . Price remained active as a musician until shortly before his death.

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