June 3, 1941 - April 10, 2011
Jerome Jay Samuels, 69, passed away peacefully at his home in Dallas on Sunday, April 10, 2011, after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his wife, Ellen; daughter, Amy Davidson; son-in-law, Aron, and their two children, Jake and Ben; as well as son, Eric. He is also survived by his brother, Bennett. He was predeceased by his parents, Morris and Naomi.
Jerry was born June 3, 1941, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Music became his passion at age 10, when he began studying piano. He went on to perform in high school music productions, and in 1965, graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Music – Piano Performance. He received a Master of Music Education in 1969 from the University of North Texas.
Jerry was a professional pianist and bandleader for over 45 years, playing with jazz greats Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw and Clark Terry. He was a beloved and gifted piano teacher to students of all ages. He served on the faculty of Richland and Brookhaven Colleges and was accompanist of the Brookhaven Vocal Jazz Ensemble for 19 years.
In 2004, Jerry released “Samuels & Wesar Perform the Music of Clare Fischer.” A year later, he fulfilled a lifelong dream in recording an album of 18 original compositions. Titled “Sounds of Samuels,” the CD incorporates his varied musical influences into a loving tribute to family and friends.
Funeral services are 2:00 PM, Monday, April 11, 2011 at Temple Emanu-El, 8500 Hillcrest Road, Dallas. Burial will follow at Temple Emanu-El Cemetery, 3430 Howell Street, Dallas.
Donations may be made to The Lustgarten Foundation or the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers.
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