Sammy Rimington

Genres: Jazz
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

29 April 1942, London, England. Rimington began playing clarinet and alto saxophone professionally in his mid-teens as a member of Barry Martyn’s band and by 1960 was with Ken Colyer where he remained for four years. In 1965 he visited the USA, playing in New Orleans with several leading veterans including George Lewis and Zutty Singleton. In the late 60s he was back in the UK working with Martyn and touring Americans, such as Kid Thomas and John Handy, but was also experimenting with jazz rock. He was, however, most at home in New Orleans-style music and since the mid-70s has played with many leading exponents of traditional jazz, including George Webb, Keith Smith and Chris Barber.

On clarinet, Rimington is an exceptionally fine performer in the tradition originating in the style of Lewis, whom he clearly admires, and he has great flair on this instrument. Like Barber, Rimington has constantly sought to expand the boundaries of his...

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