Sammy Price

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. Price also led his own group the Texas Blusicians. In the 1940’s, Price recorded for Mezz Mezzrow’s King Label as both a solo and boogie-woogie pianist; he also sided with Sidney Bechet and organized the first black-run jazz festival in Philadelphia.

Read more

1 Photos

Albums

[no cover]
Featuring Emmett Berry
Summit Records
2002
buy
[no cover]
Play George Gershwin
Summit Records
2002
buy
[no cover]
Paris Blues
Summit Records
2000
buy
[no cover]
Singing With Sammy -...
Summit Records
1986
buy
[no cover]
Boogie And Jazz...
Summit Records
1976
buy
Fire
Fire
Black & Blue
1975
buy

Similar Artists

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google banner ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Fund All About Jazz's Future