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Saxophonist Sam Reed who played with Teddy Pendergrass and Dusty Springfield has died

Philadelphia saxophonist Sam Reed has died at the age of 85, the saxist's death confirmed by his daughter Tamika. Reed performed as recently as earlier in July. Reed's career went back decades and he played on the doo-wop hit 'Get A Job' with The …

Published: 15 Jul 2021. Updated: 7 days.

Philadelphia saxophonist Sam Reed has died at the age of 85, the saxist's death confirmed by his daughter Tamika.

Reed performed as recently as earlier in July. Reed's career went back decades and he played on the doo-wop hit 'Get A Job' with The Silhouettes and in the 1960s was known especially for his work at the Uptown theatre supporting big acts such as Martha and the Vandellas and Jackie Wilson.

Reed appeared on A Brand New Me by Dusty Springfield, It's Time for Love by Teddy Pendergrass and in the last decade Ready for Reed with Roberto Magris. The Philadelphia Inquirer report that a Jam for Sam tribute will be held next week.

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Theo Croker's Hero Stomp, A Future Past streams with Ronnie Scott's dates coming up in the autumn

US jazz stars are largely absent from UK jazz clubs at the moment. Soon they will return including acclaimed draw trumpeter Theo Croker who is to play Ronnie Scott's on 5-6 November already with a presence on the UK jazz scene and heard in recent …

Published: 15 Jul 2021. Updated: 8 days.

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US jazz stars are largely absent from UK jazz clubs at the moment. Soon they will return including acclaimed draw trumpeter Theo Croker who is to play Ronnie Scott's on 5-6 November already with a presence on the UK jazz scene and heard in recent years with sax titan Benny Golson at Cadogan Hall when Croker was a hyperactive and entertaining presence beaming out bright and brassily, his white hat and skinny jeans look completed by his shades that finished off the hipster quality.

The radical-tradster, who has the soaring Afro-folkloric underpinned highly polyrhythmic stormer 'Hero Stomp: A Future Past', out at the moment, something of a character study. Croker explains: "Our hero is put forth by his tribe in a rite of passage to become the chosen one. In the ceremony he must prove his worthiness and earn the tribe’s blessings. He must raise his vibrations through an intense call and response, facing all fears and demons and transmuting/rebirthing into the hero of our story." Theo Croker photo: Obidi Nzeribe