Sammy Penn


Samuel Penn (Morgan City, Louisiana), September 15, 1902 - Florida, September 18, 1969) was an American jazz drummer and singer.


Penn played in New Orleans in the Eureka Brass Band, with Chris Kelly, Kid Rena and Kid Thomas Valentine, with whom he made his first recordings in 1954. In the 1960s, he played with Emile Barne's New Orleans Four, the Hall Brothers Jazz Band (with trombone player Russ Hall and pianist Stan Hall) and the December Band (including Kid Thomas Valentine, Jim Robinson, Sammy Rimington, Captain John Handy). In 1966 he led the Penn-Wiggs New Orleans All Stars with Johnny Wiggs (with Louis Nelson, George Lewis, Charlie Hamilton and Joe Butler). In the late 1960s he played with Big Bill Bissonette, Punch Miller, Jimmy Archey's Crescent City Delegates of Pleasure, Emmanuel Paul, the Kid Thomas Dixieland Band and Kid Sheik Cola. He was involved in 59 recording sessions from 1954 to 1959.

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