Sam Dockery

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Sam Dockery (Sure-Footed Sam) was a hard bop pianist and well-respected musician on the Philadelphia jazz scene since the early 1950s.[1] He appears on 11 recordings as the pianist for Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers and composed "Sam's Tune" which appears on their 1957 Blue Note recording Ritual.[2] In 1963 he was the pianist for Betty Carter's extended engagement at Birdland,[3] and headed The Sam Dockery Trio in Philadelphia during the 1990s. He also taught at Philadelphia's University of the Arts.[1]


With Art Blakey