Sam Politz, Jazz Piano, Piano, Accordian

Musical Education

Piano lessons:  age seven through high school, Louisiana

  • 1963-1969: middle school and high school band, Louisiana.  Instruments:  tuba, euphonium
  • 1969-70:  studied classical piano with Professor Allen Hoffman at LSU School of Music, Baton Rouge
  • 1973-74:  studied jazz theory with Nado Shutt, Los Angeles, CA
  • 1999-2004:  studied jazz piano with Dick Odgren, Auburn, MA
  • 2003-2004:  Worcester Center for Arts/WPI Jazz Workshop, resident pianist
  • 2013:  studied trumpet with Jerry Sabatini, Leominster, MA
    Self-taught:  button accordion, piano accordion, guitar

Performance Experience

  • 1963-1969:  church organist, St. Jules Catholic Church, Belle Rose, LA and Brusly St. Martin, LA
  • 1971-1973:  Sunshine Spasm Band, Baton Rouge, LA (guitar)
  • 1973:  Ace Tones R & B band, Baton Rouge, LA (piano)
  • 1974-1976:  “chitlin circuit” perfomances with R & B artists Boogie Jake, Sonny Rhodes, at night clubs in Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond, CA (piano, accordion)
  • 1983-84:  Rich Becker and the Home Wreckers R & B band, Santa Cruz, CA (piano)
  • 2003-2004:  Jules White rock band, Rhode Island (piano)
  • 2004-2012:  Tuff E-Nuff rock band, Central Massachusetts (piano, synthesizer, vocals)
  • 2008-present:  Nick’s Bar and Restaurant, Worcester, in residence, Monday evenings (jazz and R & B piano, vocals)
  • 2013-present:  Deux Amis duo with Betsy Bronstein:  Cajun, Klezmer, and Irish music (piano and button accordions, vocals in French and English)


Loaded Down/Pretty Girls 45 rpm single with Boogie Jake 1976 (piano) Deux Amis, self-titled CD, 2013 (accordion, vocals)

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