Born: October 18, 1935 Primary Instrument: Saxophone
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. 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.