During the 2015 Jazz Fest, one of the absolute highlights of the entire weekend was the Water Street Jazz Club on Friday night. Hosted by a local resident who turned his waterfront condo into a 40’s-era nightclub, the evening was billed as “Jam with Sam” and was a huge success. Clayton’s own Sam Hopkins Band performed and was joined by local musicians (including students!) who played a host of favorites from the great American songbook.
We were all deeply saddened when Sam passed away this winter to join the chorus of singers in heaven. While he was among us, he shared his gifted vocal and musical talents in a way that warmed our hearts and made us smile and sing along with him. Sam was a huge supporter of the Jazz Fest from its very beginning, and his voice and enthusiasm will be missed greatly. Please enjoy these remembrances of a very talented man who blessed all of us with his joy of music… our loss is surely heaven’s gain.