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Sam Turner

Congas, Quinto, Bongos, Bells, Percussion
Sam “Seguito” Turner is a renowned percussionist from New York City. His first recording was as a featured drummer on the Har-You Act Percussion Ensemble’s Sounds of the Ghetto Youth produced by Montego Joe (Roger Sanders).
From there, four years with Monguito Santamaria’s band, which included recordings Monguito On Top and Hey Sister, which many say defined the boogaloo genre of the late sixties and seventies. Sam may be best known for his 15-year stint with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, leading to performances, recordings, TV appearances, documentaries, Kennedy Center Awards, and Presidential Inaugurals with legendary artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Freddy Hubbard, Art Farmer, Arnette Cobb, Dexter Gordon, Joe Williams, Frank Sinatra, and Gregory Hines to name a few.
Sam is a graduate of the New York City High School of Art and Design and studied under masters such as Montego Joe, Taiwo Duvall, Dr. Leonard Goines, and Master George Busher. At 14 years old, Sam started playing with his uncle, Gary Nichols, in his dance band, his own combo, and learning and growing through playing opportunities with Freddie Hubbard, Louis and Gerald Hayes, Kenny Barron, Hank Johnson and childhood contemporaries including Rene McLean, Jerry and Andy Gonzalez, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Joe Daley, Wilbur Bascomb, Andy Hernandez, Lenny White, Buddy Williams, Andre Strobert, Nick Kirksey, and Fred Foss.
Sam has performed around the globe and in some of the most prestigious concert venues in New York and the nation’s capital. Sam now makes his home in Washington, DC where he has performed, recorded, and traveled with Rumba Club, Dave Schumacher, Dick Morgan, Thomas Chapin, Duende Quartet, Paul Carr, and many others. Sam is also an accompanist at Dance Place and an educator with the Washington Performing Arts Society.
Discography
RUMBA CLUB
  • ‘The Art of the Bolero
    ‘HEARTWOOD STUDIOS, BLUE HOUSE STUDIOS, ESSEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE 2022
  • ‘Legacy’
    HEARTWOOD STUDIOS, BLUE HOUSE STUDIOS, ESSEX COMMUNITY COLLEGE 2022
  • ‘Radio Mundo’ PALMETTO 2001
  • ‘Radio Mundo’ PALMETTO 2001
  • ‘Espiritista’ PALMETTO 1999
  • ‘Mamacita!’ PALMETTO 1997
  • ‘Desde La Capital’ PALMETTO 1994
IMANI & DCPS TEACHER ENSEMBLE
  • ‘Moving Ahead’ 2022
PAUL CARR
  • ‘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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