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Price, Sammy

Sammy Price (October 6, 1908 – April 14, 1992) was an American jazz, boogie-woogie and jump blues pianist and bandleader. He was born Samuel Blythe Price, in Honey Grove, Texas, United States. Price was most noteworthy for his work on Decca Records with his own band, known as the Texas Bluesicians, that included fellow musicians Don Stovall and Emmett Berry. The artist was equally notable for his decade-long partnership with Henry "Red" Allen. During his early career, Price was a singer and dancer in local venues in the Dallas area. Price lived and played jazz in Kansas City, Chicago and Detroit. In 1938 he was hired by Decca Records as a session sideman on piano, assisting singers such as Trixie Smith and Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Later in his life, he partnered with the Roosevelt Hotel in New York, and was the headline entertainment at the Crawdaddy Restaurant, a New Orleans themed restaurant in New York in the mid 1970s. Both Benny Goodman and Buddy Rich played with Price at this venue. in the 1980s he switched to playing in the bar of Boston's Copley Plaza. He died in April 1992, in New York, at the age of 83.

Recordings

Sammy Price / Fessors Big City Band: Jammin' With Sammy

"My first experience with the music of Sammy Price was the marvelous recording jobs he did with Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Marie Knight. Great music, to my mind even eternal music. Next came his recording with Jimmy Rushing for Vanguard. Blues galore and swing, right down my alley. On being informed that we had been chosen to accompany Sammy for all of two weeks, it was like a dream come true. As a friend and as a personality I shall never forget Sammy Price - the Tiny Giant"! Ole "Fessor" Lindgreen