Sam Reed (musician)

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Sam Reed
Born (1935-10-18) October 18, 1935 (age 85)
Kinstree, South Carolina

Sam Reed (born October 18, 1935) 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.[1] For some years, Reed was also musical director for Teddy Pendergrass,[1] and in the early 1970s, he was the "horn contractor" for Gamble and Huff's Philadelphia International Records.[2]

Bootsie Barnes, Mickey Roker and Jimmy Oliver are among the other Philadelphia-based musicians he has performed with.[3]

In 2012, he received the Jazz Journalists Association's annual Jazz Heroes Award.[1]


As sideman[edit]