Sam Reed

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. For some years, Reed was also musical director for Teddy Pendergrass, and in the early 1970s, he was the "horn contractor" for Gamble and Huff's Philadelphia International Records.

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

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

Birth and Death Data: Born October 18th, 1935

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1967

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 118387 1/5/1967 She's just a sad girl Symphonics, The leader  
Decca 118388 1/5/1967 No more Symphonics, The leader  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Reed, Sam," accessed October 28, 2020,

Reed, Sam. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 28, 2020, from

"Reed, Sam." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 28 October 2020.

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