Steve O Sample commented on Ronald (rolifer) Ferguson's video
"Great! Very professional work. Fits the video beautifully.
Steve"
Jul 4, 2009
Steve O Sample left a comment for Ronald (rolifer) Ferguson
"Ron:
It's good to hear from you. I have been so busy writing for various groups that I don't get to "play" with you guys. I am still hoping to learn enough about Cubase that I can start posting again.
Thanks for the kind words and I shall indeed…"
Jun 28, 2009
Steve O Sample left a comment for Steve O Sample
"Didier EUZET:
This looks and sounds quite professional, however due to my age and training, it is not a genre' that I am into. Thanks for the invite but I fail to see that we would have any mutual interests, so please accept my "no thanks."
Good…"
Feb 25, 2008
Steve O Sample left a comment for Ken Watters
"Small world. I see that you have gone on to a very successful career in spite of my attempt to thwart you while in music camp. I congratulate you on a very impressive vitae. I don't know if either you or your brother really remember me, but just in…"
Jun 17, 2007
Steve O Sample left a comment for Steve O Sample
"Mart and Rich have really come a long way as mature soloists. Forgive a father's prejudice, but it's hard to find someone that can drive and kick a band better than "thunder thumbs," as Jeff Demond used to call him. His soloing has come a light year…"
Jun 15, 2007
Steve O Sample left a comment for Shane Porter
"Where do I start? You guys killed Lovers and Cascavelo. I'm embarrassed that I didn't think to let a drum solo come FIRST on Cascavelo--loved it. Great soloists but the piano was a little too busy for my tastes. Who is playing guitar, Tom Wolfe,…"
Jun 15, 2007
Steve O Sample left a comment for Steve O Sample
"Now explain where you got the title! My former dept. head was named Monk and he could sure have used your tune as his play-on music at faculty meetings.
KIT-S"
Jun 14, 2007
Steve O Sample left a comment for Shane Porter
"I certainly do want a copy of "hello Young Lovers."
As to me doing a "suite," I'll have to ponder that a bit because as you already know, I have never in my life had an original thought and I do not enjoy composing.
A group of arrangements or one…"
Jun 13, 2007
Steve O Sample left a comment for Bob Safir
"Being as old as dirt has given me the time to learn and to appreciate real class when I hear it. You've definitely got it. Color me green with envy.
SS"
Jun 13, 2007
Steve O Sample left a comment for Shane Porter
"Great charts. At last, we'll finally get to work together, but I'm having trouble identifying you from your pictures. ??????
Glad you're here.
SS"
Jun 13, 2007
Steve O Sample left a comment for James Semple
"I've wondered for years what my lineage was. Do you know any of yours? You bear an uncanny resemblance to my brother and his son. I'm 6'4" and not comfortable unless I can see my breath--did we both originate in the Northern regions of England or…"
Jun 12, 2007
Steve O Sample left a comment for Kyle Robertson
"I hate talented kids!! Damn, I stand in awe of your prowess and skill. I didn't discover that there was a difference between F Major and D Minor until I was in high school (after all they do have the same signature.)
SS"
Jun 11, 2007
Steve O Sample left a comment for John Doryk
"I like what I hear. I'm still a fan of melody and harmony, in time with some formal construction.Do I hear some Celtic influence in your writing or have I just been married too long to a woman with Scottish heritage on both sides of her family?

SS"
Jun 11, 2007
Steve O Sample left a comment for Mark Northam
"You had me when I saw "jazz" as your favorite. Tell me more.

SS"
Jun 11, 2007
Steve O Sample left a comment for Nicole Randall
"Welcome.
Very nice writing. Very musical and imaginative and I really like your use of the instruments. Where did you study? Are you perchance a flautist? Do you know or have heard of either Alison Prestwood or William Robert Dickson? Both excellent…"
Jun 11, 2007
Steve O Sample left a comment for Steve O Sample
"Thanks for the invitation. I do have some cuts that the Dallas Jazz Orchestra made some time ago so I'll put up a couple of those for now. I have a great deal of charts in my computer that have been played by various groups but no live recordings at…"
Jun 8, 2007
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  • Well, it's been a long time. I am glad to see that you are still composing and fishing. I am teaching and playing in Charlotte still. We have a good quartet here and our second CD is coming out at the end of this month. Jim Stack and friends on Artist's house records. Send me your address and I will send you one. Let me hear from you. Doug Henry
  • Hey Steve,

    It's been awhile since we last spoke. I thought I would update you on a few of my new tunes. If you get a chance, go over to my page and listen to a few of them. See what you think. Of course, I don't have the talent in my whole body that you have in your little pinky, but enjoy.

    Take care!
  • Steve

    I was just looking around while a piece was uploading and saw you. Miss you on the other site. You always gave me such great encouragement and I miss that. Nice to see a picture of you as well. I remember some of these pieces you have here. Cool.

    Ron
  • Didier EUZET:
    This looks and sounds quite professional, however due to my age and training, it is not a genre' that I am into. Thanks for the invite but I fail to see that we would have any mutual interests, so please accept my "no thanks."
    Good writing and continued success.

    Steve Sample
  • Hey Steve!

    GREAT to hear from you! Ya know, I've been meaning to aoplogize for acting like such a little shit during that unforgettable two weeks at U of A years ago. You were too kind not to kick me out...

    How have you been? Where are you living these days? Looks like you're extremely active in the music world!

    My wife & I are living in the Atlanta area & have no complaints at all. Lots of work there & a great & healthy live music scene (all styles). Plus, I'm in a NYC-based Caribbean band that travels to the French speaking world every few months, so I do 't go stir-crazy...

    Fill me in on your happenings when you get a minute! Again, it was great to hear from you!
    Ken
    kenwatt@aol.com
    http://www.wattersbrothers.com
    (770)965-6464 (home)
    (256)603-5059 (cell)
  • Well, my band at UTC is young. I'm entering my 3rd year and when I started, I literally had 3 saxes, 2 bones, 3 trumpets a drummer and bass player (from the orchestra). I did wonders with them because they worked hard. Now, I have a full ensemble with rhythm section players to spare. They are a young group, doing to be many freshman next year which is fine, they'll be smokin' in 4 years.

    I drive them hard - so - whatever you hear in the recordings, will be the best that they have - I wont accept anything less.

    No need for a father's prejudice - Stevie is an amazing musician - if you haven't heard him in a while, his solos are as musical as anyone with a horn. It's always great to be on the same stage with him - he plays the set the way I play my horn. I'm not sure if you knew this interesting bit of trivia - I am the last person to graduate from U of A with the arranging degree, after me that degree was retired & a Jazz Studies degree was put in place.

    This has been great for Chris and I - discovering this and him being able to communicate with you has given us much more to talk about & has seemingly put a fresh gleem in his eye. We've been talkin' about some great things - he has a HUGE idea that he's putting together. Let's just say it's going to be groundbreaking when it's all finished. I'll leave it at that. I don't want to give away too much.

    Talk soon.
    Shane.
  • Mart and Rich have really come a long way as mature soloists. Forgive a father's prejudice, but it's hard to find someone that can drive and kick a band better than "thunder thumbs," as Jeff Demond used to call him. His soloing has come a light year also, as I used to tell him "your time and kicks are great but your solos sound like somebody kicked over a garbage can."
    I am anxious to her your group play my newer charts which will be forthcoming.

    S
  • Well - the piano soloist was a student in Alabama's Jazz Ens. at the time. He was a young brother that grew up in the black church. The rest of the soloists were (yes) Tom on Guitar, Rich on Tenor Sax & Mart on Flugel - and of course - your spawn on the drums.

    I have to say - I'm the tail end of a great era of musicians/writers/arrangers & everything i've learned - I've gotten from watching You, Chris (who still amazes me), Mart and some others. Tom was always encouraging and helpful too.

    I'm excited to get some of your charts for my UTC students - they have not let me venture into teaching a jazz arranging class just yet - but - I'm trying to get that to happen.

    Back to recovering for me - more soon.
    Shane.
  • Hey Steve - Just thought I'd let you know that there are now Live Performances of "Hello Young Lovers" and "Cascavelo" up on my playlist. Much Love to Galen - but - I put a Double D in the middle of "Lovers" too. :-)

    There is also a lot more of my writing that I don't know if you've ever heard (particularly the marching band writing toward the bottom) - Enjoy!

    If this thing keeps growing like it is - it's going to be the Steve Sample student alumni forum. I've invited Jimmy Bowland, Mart and whoever else I could think of - maybe they'll all start poppin' up soon.

    If you want those two MP3s - if you can't download them from here - let me know and I'll e-mail them too you.

    Take it easy
    Shane.
  • Thanx 4 the invite! I left you a message last night but I must have not pressed the delivery button. I'll figure it out this time (hopefully). Your music sounds incredible as always
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