Jazz Saxophonist Sammy Hopkins Dies

Classic Arts News   Jazz Saxophonist Sammy Hopkins Dies
 
Sammy Hopkins, a jazz saxophonist who toured the country with big bands in the 1930s and 40s, died on October 3, the Richmond, Indiana, Palladium-Item reports. He was 88.

After starting his career in the six-piece Richmond band Spiritual Rhythm Boys, Hopkins went on to tour with the bands of Zach White, Chic Carter, and Lucky Milinder, as well as with singer Ethel Waters.

Hopkins played in such legendary New York venues as the Apollo, the Cotton Club, and the Savoy. He was inducted into the Columbus [Ohio] Senior Musicians Hall of Fame in 1996.


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