Marty Sammon

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Marty Sammon
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Marty Sammon
Background information
Birth name Martin J. Sammon
Also known as Slammin Sammon, Chicago's 190 proof keyboardist
Born (1977-10-14) October 14, 1977 (age 38)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Genres Chicago blues, electric blues, ragtime, New Orleans jazz
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, author
Instruments Piano, vocals, guitar
Years active 1993–present
Labels Independent
Associated acts Buddy Guy, Phil Guy, Otis Rush, Chuck Leavell, Robert Randolph, Tom Hambridge, Quinn Sullivan

Marty Sammon (born October 14, 1977) is an American blues keyboardist. He is most recognized for his energetic performances, improvisation and mastery of traditional styles (ragtime and blues). Sammon has established himself as an ambassador of Chicago blues appearing on several commercially distributed DVDs, television shows (US and in Europe) and Grammy Award winning albums. In 2015, Hal Leonard Corporation released Blues Keyboard Method by Marty Sammon.[1] The foreword for Sammon's book was written by The Rolling Stones member Chuck Leavell.

Life and career[edit]

Born and raised in the South Side, Chicago, Illinois, United States, with an Irish background, Sammon began learning keyboard early in his childhood. He began his musical journey learning traditional Irish folk songs by ear while listening to records with his father and Chicago police officer, Martin Sammon Sr. His parents realized that their prodigy son had an ear for music and encouraged him to take piano lessons. Sammon enjoyed the experience but also developed his musical ear by listening to many styles of music.[2] He competed in contests including the World Championship Old-Time Piano Players[3] (winning back to back championships in 1994 and 1995).[3]

At the age of 15, he began playing on the Chicago Blues scene with south side guitarist L.V. Banks.[4] Although he was underage and still being driven to the venues by his father, he absorbed the sound and language of Chicago Blues.

 Marty Sammon Performing At Buddy Guy's Legends.
Performing At Buddy Guy's Legends With Buddy Guy

Sammon began receiving calls to play with many Chicago artists, including Phil Guy.[2] Sammon performed and toured with Phil Guy and other Blues musicians for years while at the same time, performing a variety of headlining gigs (including headlining a tour in Latvia).[5][6] Sammon's "turning point" of his career came while playing with Phil Guy at the original Checkerboard Lounge during the weekend of the Chicago Blues Festival.

After five years with Otis Rush, which included an appearance on Rush's 2003 DVD, Live Part One, and Martin Scorsese's double Grammy Award winning Blues Series (Best Historical Album and Best Album Notes) - Godfathers and Sons,[7] Sammon got a call that changed his future. "It was late night and I was home when the phone rang. I didn't know the number so I ignored it. My brother Mike convinced me to answer saying that 'that could be THE call!' It was Phil Guy saying that I had the Buddy gig and, by the way, Y'all leave Thursday. I'll be forever grateful to Phil and to my bro for that!"[2]

For over a decade, Sammon has been performing worldwide with Buddy Guy while also appearing as an opening act with his own band, Marty Sammon Band. Sammon contributed as a studio musician on Guy's sixth Grammy Award winning album, Living Proof.[8] Sammon also has multiple releases under his own name. As an ambassador of Chicago Blues, Sammon also continues to perform at schools and universities[9] to promote Blues and music career development education.[10]

In September 2015, Sammon had a non-credited appearance on an episode of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern Delicious Destinations - Milwaukee.

On October 14, 2015, Sammon performed with Buddy Guy and Tom Hambridge at The White House for “A Celebration of American Creativity: In Performance at the White House” to Commemorate National Endowment for the Humanitis' 50th Anniversary.

Sammon's influences include Dr. John, Scott Joplin, Professor Longhair, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Otis Spann, Pinetop Perkins, Ray Charles, Eubie Blake, Fats Waller, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Curtis Mayfield, and Bruce Hornsby.[citation needed]


Album Artist Media Notes
Live At Legends Buddy Guy CD 2012 RCA[11]
Say What You Mean Phil Guy CD 2000 JSP Records[12]
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Godfathers and Sons Martin Scorsese CD *Grammy Award[13]
Quinn Sullivan Getting There Quinn Sullivan CD 2013 Superstar Records[14]
Buddy Guy North Seas Jazz Festival Buddy Guy DVD [15]
Buddy Guy Live In Lugano Switzerland Buddy Guy DVD
Ragged & Dirty Devon Allman CD 2014 RUF Records[16]
Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival Various Artists DVD 2008 Rhino Entertainment
Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival Various Artists DVD 2010[citation needed]
Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival Various Artists DVD 2013
Carlos Santana Santana Presents The Blues Carlos Santana DVD 2004 Eagle Rock Entertainment[17]
Otis Rush Blues Express Otis Rush CD and DVD 1999 Blues Express[18]
Eddie Campbell Tear This World Up Earl Campbell CD [19] Delmark Artist Performances
Living Proof Buddy Guy CD and Album *Grammy Award Best Contemporary Blues Album, appearance on "Let The Door Knob Hit Ya" produced by Tom Hambridge[8]
Experience Hendrix Tour Various DVD 2008 Image Entertainment[20]
Robert Randolph presents The Slide Brothers Various Artists CD 2012 Dare Records[21]
Lil' Ed Williams and the Blues Imperials - Jump Start Lil' Ed Williams CD 2012 Alligator Records [22]
Michael Coleman (blues musician) - Do Your Thing Michael Coleman (blues musician) CD 2000 Delmark Records [23]
Giles Corey - Stoned Soul Giles Corey CD 2014 Delmark Records[24]
Rick Simcox- What We Are Rick Simcox CD 2012 RSTQ Records[25]
Rob Blaine's Big Otis Rob Blaine CD 2012 Swississippi Records[26]
Swississippi Chris Harper - Four Aces and A Harp Chris Harper CD 2010 Swississippi Records[27]
Marty Sammon- Marty Sammon Band Live Marty Sammon CD 2002[28]
Marty Sammon Honky Tonk Piano Party Marty Sammon CD
Marty Sammon Songs Before My Time Marty Sammon CD
Marty Sammon Hound Dog Barkin' Marty Sammon CD 2010 (Originals Re-Release)[29]
Marty Sammon Live at Orazio's Marty Sammon CD
Marty Sammon Right At Home Marty Sammon CD
Marty Sammon and Tom Holland - 190 Proof Blues Marty Sammon and Tom Holland CD 2008[30] Live Performance filmed and aired on WDCB 90.9FM Chicago's Jazz Station with Scott "Hambone" Hammer[31]


  1. ^ Hal Leonard Corporation. "Hal Leonard Corporation". Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Chicago Piano Lessons – Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, R&B, & more. - Blog". 2010-05-20. Retrieved 2012-03-21. 
  3. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Mr. G. "Mr. G's Thoughts for Free". Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Latvian Blues Band". Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ "The Blues . The Songs & the Artists . Discography . Godfathers and Sons - PBS". Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Living Proof - Buddy Guy". AllMusic. 2010-10-25. Retrieved 2012-03-21. 
  9. ^ "Daily Herald - Electronic Archive". Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  10. ^ John DesRivieres. "Blues Artists Perform at UWMC". Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Live At Legends by Buddy Guy @ALLmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Say What you Mean by Phil Guy @ARTISTdirect". ARTISTdirect. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  13. ^ "Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Godfathers and Sons - Original Soundtrack - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  14. ^ "Getting There - Quinn Sullivan - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "FESTIVAL DE JAZZ DE MONTREUX 2004 / Jean-Marc Chevillard, Vincent Guelat, Romain Guelat [motion picture]:Bibliographic Record Description: Performing Arts Encyclopedia, Library of Congress". Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  16. ^ "Ragged and Dirty by Devon Allman @ALLmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 15 June 2015. 
  17. ^ "Plays Blues at Montreux 2004 by Carlos Santana @ARTISTdirect". ARTISTdirect. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  18. ^ [3][dead link]
  19. ^ "Delmark Artist Performances". Retrieved 2012-03-21. 
  20. ^ "EXPERIENCE HENDRIX TOUR - 2008 - Concert Photos from October 18, 2008 (Boston, MA) Performance". Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  21. ^ "Robert Randolph Presents: The Slide Brothers - The Slide Brothers - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  22. ^ "Alligator Records - Genuine Houserockin' Music Since 1971". Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  23. ^ "Do Your Thing! - Michael Coleman - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  24. ^ "Giles Corey's Stoned Soul". Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  25. ^ "Rick Simcox What We Are". Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  26. ^ "Rob Blaine's Big Otis Blues - Rob Blaine - Release Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  27. ^ "Blues Blast Magazine - - Blues CD Review.". Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  28. ^ D. "Marty Sammon Band: Live CD Track Listing". Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  29. ^ "Marty Sammon - Hound Dog Barkin'". Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  30. ^ "Doppler Productions - TuneCore". Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  31. ^ "90.9fm WDCB - Error". Retrieved 19 January 2015. 

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