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PHOTO GALLERY


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The Dan Rivero Trio at Dublin Pub with special guest Frank Parker on trumpet. Otherwise, Dan on drums, Wayne Carter on keyboards and vocals and me on guitar.

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Taken at Bassburg in July 2012, myself on guitar; Rob Killam on the bass; Mark Sanders on drums. Definitely the picture of intensity, at least Rob and me.

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With vibraphonist John Piper, one of my homies growing up, doing a very loose version of Yesterdays.

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1995, Ashikaga Japan, with Mr. and Mrs. Hamada. They were my host family during my stay. Domo arigato!

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Bossa Azul at Norb's, 2/28/14.  Julie Hulvey, vocals and guitar; Rob Killam, bass; Gordon Cavalho, percussion; Mark McKnight, drums. And me on guitar.

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With the great guitarist Pat Martino at Jazz at the Bistro. Tony Fafoglia is in the background. Another good guitarist and fellow Martino fan.

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Me at 17, creating great art at the piano. Dig the Three Dog Night haircut!

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Age 18 or 19, a human pileup in the Singleton basement. Myself,
Jim Singleton, Herb Woods and Jack Vink.

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The Frank Trompeter Quarter, ca 1996. Very film noir look in the Black & White photo. Frank, myself, Tim Harte and Brian Pryor.

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ca 1996 or so. The band Frankly Speaking. Alicia Wilson, vocal; Frank Parker, trumpet; Johnny Thompson, keyboards; Kevin Ellis, bass; Steve Alexander, drums- and me. I used to make the joke about being the Affirmative Action hire of the band. R & B, with some jazz in the mix, plus whatever. A fun group.

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The Sam Crain Trio at Norb's, summer 2012. A nice soft-focus sort of shot of us. Bill Schlipf, bass; Don Cochran, drums; myself on guitar.

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The Bob Graham Quartet. Taken in maybe 1968. Bob on saxophones and clarinet;
Ben Drake(my teacher)on piano; Bill Waldmire on drums; and I'm the shy young man of 14 or so holding the bass.

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Emil Hattoon and canine chum. A good friend of my Dad's and of the rest of the family as well.

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Kenny Barton at the piano. A fine player in the tradition of Art Tatum. Hard to play bass with, almost impossible to play guitar with, but a great player nonetheless.

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Robert "Hoppy" Johnson. The first drummer I ever played jazz with. A gentleman, who never had and unkind word about anyone. As you get older, you realize all the people in the world who AREN'T like this, so you appreciate the ones who are all the more.

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The Trombone Section, year unknown. Ricardo Misterioso on bass, Larry Niehaus to the left on trombone, my Dad in the middle playing a solo. Don't recognize the other three trombonists.

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The Sam Crain Quartet(2) performs at Lime St Cafe. The (2) is the quartet with piano instead of tenor sax, sorta like Espn 2 or MTV2-same basic channel,slightly different frequency. Kevin Hart, piano; SC, guitar; Kevin Ellis, bass; Don Cochran, drums.

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The ‘Cactus guy’ is named Sidewinder Sam. Courtesy of Don Udey, taken in Arizona. It refers to a weekly poker game I’ve been hosting for some years. ‘Sidewinder Sam’ is my poker persona..

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Bassist Andy Burtschi, who is on my CD’s “Rose of Loami” and “Oop Bop Sh’ Bang”.

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A publicity photo of me, taken by Ed Clark.

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Turn off da bubble machine! Virgil Rhodes joins me at Norb Andy’s on his new bubble sax. Not much for tone, but you can really see what you’re playing.

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The quartet does a ‘nooner’ in downtown Springfield. GG Pelletier, tenor sax; Kevin Ellis, bass; Don Cochran, drums- and you know the guitar player.

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Our official band picture, again taken by Ed Clark.

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Kevin Ellis, on his new 6-string bass. Taken Dec. 7, ‘02. I bought his 5-string bass from him about that time, and I suppose when he graduates to a 7 or 8 string bass, he’ll want to cut me a deal on this one.

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Catching up on some-ahem-technical reading during our recording of “Oop Bop Sh’ Bang”.

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Taken after a Sam gig at Robbie’s, ca. 2001- it’s been awhile. Amy Smith, Darrell Taylor, myself and Tim Green. Drummer Darrell Taylor passed away maybe a year later, and is missed by those of us who had the pleasure of working with him.

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Bob Katt and the Missing Lynx, a local jazz/R & B/what-have-you band with whom I’ve been working since last summer. See my Gigs section for more info.

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The Lincolnland Community College Jazz Combo for 1981. From the top: Tim Harte, drums; David Hoffman, valve trombone; Larry Crowley, bass; Paul Lerch, tenor sax; Mark Cannedy, trumpet; Brian Moore, alto sax; Sam Crain, guitar. Actually Dave got Best Jazz Soloist, mine was just an Honorable Mention. But hey it’s something!

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The other pr shot of me, also by Ed Clark.

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With Joshua Breakstone, a GREAT guitarist, certainly an influence on my playing, in New York, Nov. 2000.

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An earlier incarnation of the quartet, at Sebastian’s(Spfld IL)sometime in 1998 or so. Don Cochran, drums; Amy Smith, vocals; Jeff Rogers, bass.

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Craig Russo-drummer/percussionist, bandleader in his own right, who’s on my CD “Oop Bop Sh’ Bang”.

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The Sam Crain Trio. Bill Schlipf, bass; Sam Crain, guitar; Don Cochran, drums.

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Me with David Hoffman, a dear friend of several decades and a BITCH trumpet player.