Sam Dockery

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Samuel Dockery (1929 – December 21, 2015), nicknamed Sure-Footed Sam, was a hard bop pianist and well-respected musician on the Philadelphia jazz scene since the early 1950s.[1] Dockery was born in Camden, New Jersey.[2] 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.[3] In 1963 he was the pianist for Betty Carter's extended engagement at Birdland,[4] and headed The Sam Dockery Trio in Philadelphia during the 1990s. He also taught at Philadelphia's University of the Arts.[1] He died in 2015, aged 86.[2]


With Art Blakey

With Clifford Brown

  • The Beginning and the End (Columbia, 1973) - 1956 performance recorded in Philadelphia

With Butch Ballard and Dylan Taylor

  • Mozaic