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Marty Sammon (born on October 14, 1977 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American Blues keyboardist. He is most recognized for his energetic performances, improvisation and mastery of traditional styles (Ragtime and Blues). Sammon has established himself as an ambassador of Chicago Blues appearing on several commercially distributed DVD's, television shows (US and in Europe) and Grammy award winning albums.
Born and raised in Chicago, IL (Southside), Sammon began learning keyboard early in his childhood. He began his musical journey learning traditional Irish folk songs by ear while listening to records with his father, Martin Sr. His parents realized that their prodigy son had an ear for music and encouraged him to take piano lessons. Marty enjoyed the experience but also developed his musical ear by listening to many styles of music. He competed in local contests including the World Championship Old-Time Piano Players (winning back to back championships in 1994 and 1995).
At the age of 15, he began playing on the blues scene with South Side guitarist L.V. Banks. Although he was underage and still being driven to the venues by his father, he absorbed the sound and language of Chicago Blues.
Marty quickly began receiving calls to play with many Chicago artists. One artist in particular that excited him was Phil Guy. Phil, being the younger brother of Buddy Guy, exposed Marty to a funky, heavy, soulful blues language that still today earns the respect and admiration of well-known rock legends. Marty performed and toured with Phil and other blues legends for years while at the same time, performing a variety of other "jobbing" gigs. Marty's "turning point" of his career came while playing with Phil at the original Checkerboard Lounge during the weekend of the Chicago Blues Fest. "I canceled two very good paying gigs but for some reason, I felt I needed to be on those shows with Phil. Sure enough, I met Big James Montgomery of the Chicago Playboys that night who hooked me up with the gig with Otis Rush. As if that was not enough, years later, he played a role in me getting the gig with Buddy. I'm forever grateful to Big James."
After five years with Otis Rush, Marty got a call that changed everything. "It was late night and I was home when the phone rang. I didn't know the number so I ignored it. My brother Mike convinced me to answer saying that 'that could be THE call!' It was Phil Guy saying that I had the Buddy gig and, by the way, Y'all leave Thursday. I'll be forever grateful to Phil and to my bro for that!"
Today, Marty performs worldwide with Buddy Guy and contributed as a studio musician on Guy's 6th Grammy Award winning album (Living Proof).
Influences: Dr. John, Scott Joplin, Professor Longhair, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Otis Spann, Pinetop Perkins, Ray Charles, Eubie Blake, Fats Waller, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hataway, Curtis Mayfield, Bruce Hornsby, amongst others.
|Say What You Mean||Phil Guy||CD|
|Buddy Guy North Seas Jazz Festival||Buddy Guy||DVD|
|Buddy Guy Live In Lugano Switzerland||Buddy Guy||DVD|
|Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival||Various Artists||DVD||2008|
|Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival||Various Artists||DVD||2010|
|Carlos Santana Santana Presents The Blues||Carlos Santana||DVD|
|Otis Rush Blues Express||Otis Rush||CD and DVD||Grammy Nominated|
|Living Proof||Buddy Guy||CD and Album||*Grammy Winning Best Contemporary Blues Album, appearance on "Let The Door Knob Hit Ya" produced by Tom Hambridge|
|Marty Sammon- Marty Sammon Band Live||Marty Sammon||CD|
|Marty Sammon Honky Tonk Piano Party||Marty Sammon||CD|
|Marty Sammon Songs Before My Time||Marty Sammon||CD|
|Marty Sammon Hound Dog Barkin'||Marty Sammon||CD|
|Marty Sammon Live at Orazio's||Marty Sammon||CD|
|Marty Sammon Right At Home||Marty Sammon||CD|
|Marty Sammon and Tom Holland - 190 Proof Blues||Marty Sammon and Tom Holland||CD|
- "Live Blues: BB King and Buddy Guy" International Review of Music, Aug 12, 2010
- "Marty Sammon and Rick King at Harlem Avenue Lounge" IllinoisBlues.Com, Jun 11, 2008