Joe Sample

Born Feb 1, 1939

Joseph Leslie "Joe" Sample is an American pianist, keyboard player and composer. He is one of the founding members of the Jazz Crusaders, the band which became simply The Crusaders in 1971, and remained a part of the group until its final album in 1991 (not including the 2003 reunion album Rural Renewal).… Read More

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    NPR - Feb 06, 2015
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    Huffington Post - Jul 02, 2013
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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Joe Sample.


1939 Birth Sample was born in Houston, Texas on February 1, 1939. … Read More


1960 21 Years Old Sample never took a degree from the university; instead, in 1960, he and the Jazz Crusaders made the move from Houston to Los Angeles. … Read More


1969 30 Years Old While Sample and his band mates continued to work together, he and the other band members pursued individual work as well. In 1969 Sample made his first recording under his own name; Fancy Dance featured the pianist as part of a jazz trio. … Read More
1975 36 Years Old In 1975 he went into the studios with jazz legends Ray Brown on bass, and drummer Shelly Manne to produce a then state-of-the-art recording direct to disc entitled The Three. … Read More
1978 39 Years Old In 1978 he recorded Swing Street Café with guitarist David T. Walker. The Crusaders, after losing several key members, broke up after recording Life in the Modern World for the GRP label in 1987. … Read More


1983 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1983, MCA released Joe Sample's The Hunter LP. … Read More


1999 60 Years Old A studio version of Deeper Than You Think was recorded featuring Joe Sample in New York in May 1999 during sessions for a Benson collection which took the title Absolutely Benson. … Read More
2008 69 Years Old Some of his works were featured on The Weather Channel's "Local on the 8s" segments and his song "Rainbow Seeker" is included in their 2008 compilation release, The Weather Channel Presents: Smooth Jazz II. … Read More
2009 70 Years Old …  Sample had also suffered two heart attacks — the most recent in 2009. … Read More
2013 74 Years Old In 2013, Sample was hospitalized with pneumonia, according to Variety, the Hollywood and music industry trade paper. … Read More
2014 75 Years Old 1 More Event
On September 12, 2014, Sample died in Houston, Texas from complications from mesothelioma lung disease.
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