About this project:
At 84 years of age, Steve Sample is a force of nature. (He has survived cancer, heart problems, cataracts and the heat of 50 summers in Alabama.) In more than three decades at The University of Alabama as a theory and arranging professor, director of the Alabama Cavaliers and the Alabama Jazz Ensembles, and arranger for the Million Dollar Band, he influenced thousands of students, many of whom have gone on to careers in music like Birch Johnson (the Blues Brothers), Cedric Dent and Mervyn Warren (Take Six), Chuck Tilley (Lee Greenwood, Englebert Humperdink, Dolly Parton) Alison Prestwood (Nashville studio musician), Ray Reach (Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame writer & performer), to name a few. His complex, swinging big band arrangements were played by countless student musicians.
Steve continues to write for big bands across the country - and he has been busy since retiring – writing over 80 wonderful new arrangements ranging from the sultry sounds of Cry Me a River to his witty take on the Nutcracker (You Crack My Nuts, Sweetie.) He’s having a ball, but he sure would like to hear his new arrangements professionally recorded. The only problem is that takes money. The low end estimate for is about $30,000 for one CD. A friend has pledged $5,000 if he can raise the rest ($25,000.) Not a drop in the bucket, but not insurmountable given the legion of Steve’s supporters throughout his lifetime, and the power of social media. (And if we can raise more, he'll record more tunes!)