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Black History Month: Saxophonist Sam “The Man” Taylor

Sam “The Man” Taylor was an American jazz and blues tenor saxophonist.
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Article by W. Clay Crook-

Dian Helms Brown shared some interesting tidbits on the Lexington, Tennessee Past site on a world renown black saxophonist who was born in Lexington. There is actually a Wikipedia entry on the performer. “Samuel Leroy Taylor, Jr. (July 12, 1916 – October 5, 1990), known as Sam “The Man” Taylor, was an American jazz and blues tenor saxophonist.

“Taylor was born in Lexington, Tennessee. He attended Alabama State University, where he played with the Bama State Collegians. He later worked with Scatman Crothers, Cootie Williams, Lucky Millinder, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Buddy Johnson, Louis Jordan and Big Joe Turner.”

“Taylor was one of the most requested session saxophone players in New York recording studios in the 1950s. He also replaced Count Basie as the house bandleader on Alan Freed’s radio series, Camel Rock ‘n Roll Dance Party, on…

For the complete article, see the February 2nd edition of The Lexington Progress.

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