About Sam

With the rhythmic intensity of an entire band, Sam Rudin attacks and caresses the keyboard, romping through the whole range of 20th century American music. He can evoke the spirit of Fats Waller, Oscar Peterson, Mose Alison, and Jerry Lee Lewis...sometimes all at the same time. He is also a compelling vocalist whose rough-hewn voice conveys both drama and humor.

He is a musical historian, and as he moves from blues to be-bop, and from ragtime to rock'n'roll, his amusing and educational anecdotes help the listener make the connections.

And he is an exciting, high energy performer, whose enthusiasm on stage is as clear as his love for the blues, jazz, and country traditions from which his music comes.

Sam has worked with all types of musicians, playing rock'n'roll with Chubby Checker, western swing with Back in the Saddle, classic blues with Frankie Lee, and slick pop-soul with SisterSledge. He has even worked with bluegrass great Frank Wakefield, who has proclaimed Sam to be the only true bluegrass piano player in the entire world. With his own band, Hurricane Sam and the Hotshots, he plays swing, blues, R&B, and funk.

Sam fits in everywhere. He is equally at home on a big concert stage or in a small, intimate coffeehouse. as a solo performer, he has opened dozens of shows for such diverse talents as blues greats Albert King and Taj Mahal; pop stars David Crosby, Jerry Garcia, and Maria Muldauer; country rocker Jerry Jeff Walker; and jazz vibist Bobby Hutcherson.