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Joe Sample

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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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    Huffington Post - Jan 05, 2016
  • Joe Sample On Piano Jazz
    NPR - Feb 06, 2015
  • Ralph A. Miriello: Notes On Jazz's Annual 4th Of July Living Legends Of Jazz Celebration
    Huffington Post - Jul 02, 2013
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    Huffington Post - Aug 21, 2012

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CHILDHOOD

1939 Birth Born on February 1, 1939.

TWENTIES

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

THIRTIES

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 did a joint session with guitarist David T. Walker, Swing Street Café, which had all the feel of a live set done in a back street joint in Texas. The Crusaders, after losing several key members, broke up after recording Life in the Modern World for the GRP label in 1987. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

2003 64 Years Old Felder, Hooper, and Sample recorded their first album, called Rural Renewal, as the reunited Crusaders group in 2003 and did a live concert in Japan in 2004. … Read More
2004 65 Years Old His 2004 album on Verve, Soul Shadows, paid tribute to Duke Ellington and Jelly Roll Morton, and pre-jazz bandleader James Reese Europe.
2007 68 Years Old In 2007 he recorded Feeling Good with vocalist Randy Crawford.
2008 69 Years Old Some of his works are 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
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