Sam Hooper Quintet Featuring Mike Null

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Master North Coast Guitarist debuts music from his brand new CD live at Nighttown! Featuring: Sam Hooper-guitar, Mike Null-guitar/vocals, Sakait Baksar-piano/keys, Derrick James-bass, & Reggie Holmes-drums.

Sam Hooper is a captivating American musician from Cleveland, Ohio. His alluring blend of blues, rock and funk has thrilled audiences in China, Switzerland, Finland, Japan and the USA. His soulful vocals have been compared to Otis Redding and Robert Cray, while critics have likened his blistering guitar playing to Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana.

With four CDs released on the FBJoy Records label, Hooper’s songs have been heard by millions on the hot daytime TV dramas “All My Children” and “The Young & The Restless.”

"Sam Hooper has developed his own breed of blues, blending the signatures of driving soul and funk with tight, focused chops-intensive musicianship"
- Ted Drozdowski, The Boston Phoenix

Mike Null - Guitar & Vocals:
Raised in California, trained in Boston, Mike Null is a multi-instrumentalist musician and singer. A remarkable talent and stage presence, he leads his own professional live band based out of Boston and has toured and recorded extensively throughout the USA, Canada, Europe and Asia with an array of international Blues, Soul, Gospel, Rock, and choral acts. These include seven-time Blues Music Award Nominee, Tony Lynn Washington. When not on the road, Mike currently lives in Akron, OH.

Sakait N. Baksar - keyboards:
Sakait N. Baksar has been a part of Cleveland's music scene for over 25 years. He is presently the keyboardist for Cleveland based jazz-fusion band Horns and Things. He has performed and shared the stage with a wide range of artists such as Jean Carne, Sonny Stitt,Sam and Dave, Evelyn "Champagne " King, Average White Band, Marion Meadows, and Najee just to name a few.

Derrick James - bass:
Derrick James can throw down pure funk on his bass guitar. His deep tones can run the gamut from bouncy and playful to brooding and esoteric. He is the music director for Cleveland's Horns N Things, a regional jazz fusion group with a large following in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana and elsewhere.

Reggie Holmes - drums:
Reggie Holmes is a veteran of the jazz scene, having done stints with the legendary Dizzy Gillespie, Pharoah Sanders, Ahmad Jamal, Sonny Stitt and others. He is always expanding the boundaries of traditional rhythms and loves to entertain.
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