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Sam Turner

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Congas, Quinto, Bongos, Bells, Percussion
This legendary percussionist, from New York City, has worked nationally and internationally with legends such as Machito, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, Charles Mingus, Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard, Randy Weston, Don Pullen and many others. He may be best known for his 15-year long stint as sideman with Lionel Hampton, or his classic recordings with Monguito Santamaria that many feel defined the boogaloo genre of the seventies. Sam studied at the Music and Arts High School in Manhattan, circa 1967, under the tutelage of masters such as Kenny Dorham, Jackie McLean and ‘Montego Joe’ (Roger Sanders) . Sam also grew up and developed musically with many well known musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Jerry and Andy Gonzalez and Fred Foss. Today, Sam is involved in tv performances (Kennedy Center Awards, Today Show) and Broadway shows (The Wiz, Sophisticated Ladies, Sarava) as well as musical performances. His recording credits include sessions with Dexter Gordon, Teddy Wilson, Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines, Chico O’Farrill, Monguito Santamaria, Lionel Hampton, Don Pullen, and many others. Sam has performed all over the world as well as at some of the most prestigious concert venues in New York and in the nation’s capitol (Blue Note, Birdland, Kennedy Center, Blues Alley). Sam is a recipient of the United Nations Peace Award, and makes his home in Washington DC where he performs with RUMBA CLUB as well as with many other jazz and Latin artists and works with the Prince George’s Arts Council teaching and performing in schools.

Discography

RUMBA CLUB – ‘Desde La Capital’ PALMETTO 1994 – ‘Mamacita!’ PALMETTO 1997 – ‘Espiritista’ PALMETTO 1999 – ‘Radio Mundo’ PALMETTO 2001

Discography

JAMES BROWN
-‘Hot Pants’ Decca 1967
MONGUITO SANTAMARIA
– ‘On Top’ Fania 1969 – ‘Blackout’ 1971
LIONEL HAMPTON
– Who’s Who in Jazz w/TEDDY WILSON’ RCA 1974 – ‘Who’s Who in Jazz w/HANK JONES’ RCA 1975 – ‘Who’s Who in Jazz w/CHARLES MINGUS’ RCA 1976 – ‘Who’s Who in Jazz w/BILL DOGGET’ RCA 1975 – ‘Who’s Who in Jazz w/DEXTER GORDON’ RCA 1976 – ‘Who’s Who in Jazz w/BUDDY RICH’ RCA 1977 – ‘Who’s Who in Jazz w/CHICO O’FARILL’ RCA 1978 – ‘Blackout’ RCA 1977 – ‘Live In Japan’ BLUE NOTE 1982 – ‘Outrageous’ TIMELESS 1991
DON PULLEN
-‘Sacred Common Ground’ BLUE NOTE 1995
BOB KENMOTSU
– ‘The Spark’ ASIAN IMPROV 1994
DAVE SCHUMAKER
– ‘Every Corner’ AMASAYA 1996 – ‘Another Life’ 1997
ANTONIO PARKER
– ‘Sounds of the City’ Ind. 1999
RUMBA CLUB
– ‘Espiritista’ PALMETTO 1999 – ‘Radio Mundo’ PALMETTO 2001
FRED FOSS
– ‘Journey’ AMASAYA 1999
TOM WILLIAMS
– ‘Pick Up the Pieces’ JAZZSCAPE 2001
DICK MORGAN
– ‘After Hours’ FOXHAVEN 1998 – “Live’ 1999
SUNNY SUMPTER
– ‘Gettin’ To Know You’ Ind. 1999
AL WILLIAMS
– ‘See For Yourself’ Ind. 2002
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