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Name Sam Crain
Talent guitarist, composer
Group The Sam Crain Quartet
Address 408 W Vine St
Springfield State Illinois Zip 62704
Home (217)528-1270
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Sam Crain is a guitarist and composer from Springfield IL. He is currently playing with his own group, The Sam Crain Quartet, and freelancing with various folks, most recently the Swing Daddies at Martini's Educated various places, Sam holds a Bachelor's in music composition from Peabody Conservatory of Music, Baltimore MD. He has written a variety of classical works, including a String Quartet, 2 Piano Sonatas, and orchestral, chamber, solo and electronic music. Teaching experience includes "Artist-in-Residence"for Sangamon State University's 'Blues-in-the-Schools' program 1980 Springfield IL; The Music School(guitar & music theory)Springfield IL 1981; Lincoln College, Lincoln IL(guitar)1984; plus much private instruction. Performing experience includes Cicero Slim & WWIII in 1980-81 as bassist, playing all over Illinois and into Missouri & Indiana; guitarist with Gina, Dean & Scoundrel, LA-based 'showband', playing all over U.S., into Canada & Mexico; guitarist w/ Frank Trompeter Quintet 1993-96, with whom he played in Japan at the Ashikaga Jazz Festival in 1995; The Sam Crain Quartet 1996-present. Sam currently has 10 CDs available, featuring some of the best players in central Illinois(and probably then some)in both the straight-ahead/mainstream and smooth jazz veins. For more, please visit:

1)The Sam Crain Trio(1997)-w/Gene Haas, bass; Brian Justison, drums. Standards. 2)Spring into Swing(1999)-w/Doug Stone, tenor sax; Tom Becker, piano; Gordon Jackson, bass; Steve Adleman, drums. All original, bebop & modern jazz. 3)Rose of Loami(2001)-w/Andy Burtschi, bass; Rich Olson, drums. Features originals by David Hoffman and Tom Becker as well as Sam Crain. 4)Oop Bop Sh'Bang(2002)-w/ GG Pelletier, tenor sax; Andy Burtschi, bass; Craig Russo, drums. Bebop, modern jazz, Latin and more. Originals by Crain and Pelletier, and LA's DC Hall. 5)Jazz Guitar(2003)-Sam Crain, guitars, bass, keyboards. Straight-ahead jazz, standards and originals. 6) Jazz Guitar Vol 2(2004)- Sam Crain, guitars, bass, keyboards; Dave Burdick, guitar; Andy Burtschi, bass; Rich Olson, drums; Craig Russo, drums; Wayne Coniglio, bass; Steve Adleman, drums. A compilation of some choice(but unused)moments from a few sessions, plus a few choice home-recorded cuts. Standards and originals. 7)Jammin'with Sam(2004)-features David Hoffman on 3 selections. Again, a compilation of some choice(but unused)cuts, some from as far back as 1984. More in the jazz fusion vein, but still with some great straight-ahead playing. 8)Home Cookin'(2004)- an eclectic mix of smooth jazz, fusion, funk & what-have-you. Lots of keyboard sounds as well as some different guitar stuff. 9)In Your Dreams(2003)-smooth jazz. 10)Toasty Relief(2003)-probably the best of my smooth jazz CDs. Mellow without inducing sleep. All CDs are available through CD Baby: will get you there.