Sam started playing piano at 7 years of age. As a teen, he helped a friend of his repair and rebuild player pianos, which quickly brought him to the world of stride piano and piano player Fats Waller among others. Today he both plays and restores pianos. Sam played piano at the original DejaVu Tavern on Lincoln Avenue for several years at the Sunday night jazz jam sessions.
To help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sun Ra there will be screenings of the Sun Ra Films Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise and Mystery Mr. Ra. On Tuesday the 26th, there will be a discussion with Robert Mugge, the director of A Joyful Noise.
Jay Pritzker Pavillion
Preston Bradley Hall
Jazz on Jackson
Jazz and Heritage Stage
The Chicago Community Trust Young Jazz Lions Stage