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     Sam Shoup was born and raised in Memphis, TN, and is the son of bandleader Don Reid and vocalist Gwen Parke. He was a member of the award winning Hillcrest High School Jazz Ensemble and received the Best Bassist Award at the 1971 Montreux Jazz Festival's Band Competition. After completing a degree in Music Composition from the University of Memphis in 1979, Sam spent ten years working as a full time jingle writer for Media General Broadcast Services, where he received several awards for his outstanding work. He was a founding member of the band "Dog Police", which won MTV's Basement Tapes Competetion in 1985.
     After starting his own company, SamJamm Productions in 1990, Sam began specializing in Orchestral and Big Band arranging, He is currently a staff arranger for The National Symphony Orchestra at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., as well as The New York Pops Orchestra, Houston Symphony and The Memphis Symphony Orchestra. He is a two time winner of NARAS's Premier Bassist award. Sam is currently Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Memphis.
     In addition to writing and arranging, Sam plays Upright and Electric Bass, Trumpet and Piano. 
Sam has performed and/or recorded with:

Ringo Starr
Tony Bennett
Kallen Esperian
Patti Austin
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Willie Nelson
America
Mose Allison
Ella Fitzgerald
Dizzy Gillespie
Aaron Copland
Bob Hope
Mickey Rooney
Wayne Newton
Vikki Carr
Tony Orlando & Dawn
Bill Cosby
Bernie Leadon (Eagles)
John Prine
Charlie Rich
Carol Channing
Barbara Eden
Anthony Quinn
Don Rickles
Barry Manilow
The Four Tops
The Coasters
Wynton Marsalis
and many others

Selected Discography
Sam can be seen in the films:

"Forty Shades Of Blue" (2005)

"Elvis - The Early Years" (1990)

and in the music videos:

"Dog Police" (1985)

"1-800" (1986)



Kallen Esperian - Lover Come Back

Kallen Esperian - Lover Come Back - 2004
(all arrangements)




The Jumpin Chi Chi's

The Jumpin Chi Chi's - 2005

Dog Police

Dog Police - 1985

Ringo Starr - Unreleased Memphis Recording

Ringo Starr - The Unreleased 1987
Memphis Recordings (Bootleg)

 Willie Nelson - Partners

Willie Nelson -
Partners - 1986




John Prine - Live On Tour

John Kilzer - 7 -
2010

Forty Shades of Blue Soundtrack

Progreso - The Tony Thomas Trio - 2010

Alex Chilton - High Priest

Rob Jungklas -
Mapping The Wreckage -
2010


John Prine - Live On Tour

John Prine - Live
On Tour - 1997

Forty Shades of Blue Soundtrack

Forty Shades of Blue Soundtrack - 2005

Alex Chilton - High Priest

Alex Chilton -
High Priest -
1987


William Lee Golden - American Vagabond

William Lee
Golden - American
Vagabond - 1986

LST- The Tony Thomas Trio

LST - The Tony Thomas Trio - 1979

Susan Marshall - Firefly

Susan Marshall
- Firefly - 2005




Ruby Wilson - A Song For You

Ruby Wilson - A
Song For You -
2000

Sid Selvidge - A Little Bit of Rain

Sid Selvidge - A Little Bit of Rain - 2003

Keith Sykes - All I Know

Keith Sykes -
All I Know
- 2004



Jimmy Davis - Kick The Wall

Jimmy Davis -
Kick The Wall -
1987

Laurie Mitchell - Ol' Soul

Laurie "Waddy" Mitchell - Ol' Soul - 2005

Screamin Jay Hawkins - At Last

Screamin' Jay
Hawkins - At
Last - 1998



Jerry Butler - Brand New Me

Jerry Butler -
Brand New Me -
2001

Big Band Reflections of Cole Porter

Jazz Orchestra of the Delta - Big Band
Reflections of Cole Porter - 2003

Screamin Jay Hawkins - At Last

Ana Popovic -
Hush! - 2002




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