“I play alto, tenor, flute, clarinet,” he stated. “The time after I was going to highschool you needed to play all these devices to be a musician.”
The saxophone turned his major instrument and jazz turned his style of alternative.
“It simply provides you freedom so far as expressing your self musically,” stated Reed.
Reed began out taking part in the piano, however in junior highschool he realized to play the alto saxophone. “Finally I began taking part in a tenor,” he stated.
Rising up within the Level Breeze neighborhood of Philadelphia, Reed met others with comparable musical pursuits, just like the Heath Brothers. He says Jimmy Heath turned his mentor.
“The period that I used to be a young person was mainly the jazz period right here in Philadelphia,” stated Reed.
He went on to play within the large bands in golf equipment throughout town and finally the world. Reed performed with many teams all through the a long time.
Reed says he turned recognized for his potential so as to add music to preparations as he performed, simply through the use of his ear. “It is known as the advert lib,” he says.
In 1957, Reed began taking part in on the Uptown Theater, then often called a rock and roll venue.
“I knew all of the musicians in Philadelphia and I might get a band collectively,” stated Reed.
He says that’s precisely what he did, with a lot success, when Jackie Wilson got here to town for a present with solely a drummer.
“That was the beginning of the Sam Reed’s Band on the Uptown Theater,” stated Reed.
He turned the bandleader in 1963. He introduced in additional jazz and helped to usher within the Motown sound.
“Smokey Robinson, the Temptations and Gladys Knight – all these individuals have been coming in,” he stated.
Reed says he was lucky to play with plenty of nice musical expertise over the course of his profession.
He was handpicked by Teddy Pendergrass to be his bandleader within the Seventies. He additionally performed a neighborhood one-night present with Billie Vacation on Roosevelt Boulevard – an expertise he describes as “very particular,” as a result of he says he knew who she was.
Reed has mentored musicians on the Philadelphia Clef Membership of Jazz and Performing Arts by way of the years and continues to play sax with numerous teams throughout the realm.
“I’ve all the time had enjoyable taking part in with completely different individuals,” he stated. “I am simply so completely happy to be right here and nonetheless taking part in my music.”
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Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts