Samuel ‘Sammy’ Rimington (b. April 29, 1942, in Paddock Wood, Kent), is an English jazz reed player. He has been an active New Orleans jazz revivalist since the late 1950s. Rimington played with Barry Martyn in 1959. He started to become a professional musician in 1960 when he joined the band of Ken Colyer. He stayed with Ken Colyer until 1965. That year he moved to the United States, and worked with Big Bill Bissonnette’s Easy Rider Jazz Band and the very famous December Band. He made some jazz fusion recordings early in the 1970s, but most of his work has been in the New Orleans jazz vein, playing with Louis Nelson, Big Jim Robinson, Chris Barber, Kid Thomas Valentine, Captain John Handy, and others. He has recorded extensively as a bandleader since the early 1960s. Sammy Rimington’s main influences were George Lewis on clarinet and Captain John Handy on altosax. In 2010 Sammy has been doing gigs with heavy metal/fusion/jazz drummer Anders Johansson from HammerFall/Yngwie Malmsteen fame.


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