Joe Sample
American musician
Joe Sample
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).
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Talkin' Jaco with Metallica's Robert Trujillo, Chatting with Denise Donatelli, Plus the Nolatet, Svetlana & The Delancey Five and Rolla Olak Exclusives
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A Conversation with Robert Trujillo Mike Ragogna: Robert, was your first big musical inspiration Jaco Pastorius? Robert Trujillo: Yeah. I'm always pulling and really feeding off of my inspirations, I think most musicians do. But I try to incorporate a lot of that influence in what I do. So Jaco was definitely a huge inspiration back in 1979 when I saw him for the first time. It really did change my life and set me on an interesting creative path. Definitely. MR: When did you first see him perform live? RT: I saw him with Weather Report. I had started hearing about him in the late seventies and then in 1979 they came through town. They were playing at the Santa Monica civic auditorium, that was our local concert venue at the time. The great thing about Santa Monica civic auditorium was it was a place you could ride your bike to. In this case my dad dropped me and my friends off and we'd go see Ronnie James Dio or Jean-Luc Ponty or Weather Report or the Pretenders. There wa ...
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Joe Sample On Piano Jazz
NPR - about 2 years
The late pianist, composer and Jazz Crusader visited the program in 2005, showcasing his genre-spanning touch in standards and his original tune "Carmel." » E-Mail This
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Ralph A. Miriello: Notes on Jazz's Annual 4th of July Living Legends of Jazz Celebration
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Jimmy Cobb photo by Lena Ashasheva ©2013 Another year has passed since Notes on Jazz published its annual Living Legend of Jazz feature. This is the fourth such compilation, a yearly reminder and a joyful celebration of the artistry and longevity of jazz artists that have been living in our midst. With each year we marvel at some familiar new members who have entered into the ranks of the Living Legends. The criteria are uncomplicated, simply induct any musician, working or retired who has reached their seventieth birthday and has contributed to the canon of the music, keeping the spirit and tradition of the music alive. They could be relatively obscure or internationally recognized, but in their own way they made a difference. Many of us grew up with these artists and have followed their careers through the years. As this is an organic list, ever-changing, like the music, its ranks are added to and depleted each year. Sadly, since last July 4th, ,we have continued to lo ...
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Julie Tilsner: What the Hell to Feed the Kids Tonight?: A Comedy in Two Acts
Huffington Post - over 4 years
I called a family meeting tonight. For a while now I've noticed that the kids aren't eating what I'm making them. I'll spend an hour or so in the kitchen, serve them, watch them take a few bites then ask to be excused. I end up throwing away plates of food or shoving it into containers I know full well will never be opened again and then spending the rest of my night doing the dishes in a bad mood. Maybe it's because they're getting older and more independent. And that's fine, and as it should be. But if I don't make them dinner, thinking they'll just fend for themselves somehow, come 9:30 or so they shoot me gravely injured looks. "Mom," they say. "You never made dinner." I'm a big believer in the family meal, in sitting down at the table and breaking bread together. I ate in front of the TV growing up and look how I turned out. I want my kids to have a better upbringing. Or at least a better sense of the place of family and food. Hence the family meeting. The obj ...
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Ralph A. Miriello: Notes on Jazz Third Annual 4th of July Living Legends of Jazz Celebration
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Roy Haynes photo by Fran Kaufman © 2012 Notes on Jazz Third Annual Living Legends of Jazz 2012 Once again it is time for my annual Notes on Jazz listing of the Living Legend of Jazz .This is the third annual compilation, and with each year we gain some new members and sadly lose some old friends. The list is a celebration of those who have, for so long, graced us with their talents, their creativity and their love of the music. Last year, we saw the passing of some truly venerable legends. Musicians, performers, innovators, teachers and mentors who made an indelible mark on society at large and on the music in particular. Some were famous, some infamous and all will be missed. This fraternity of Jazz Legends lost two drummers. A onetime member of both the Ellington and Basie band's drummer Butch Ballard passed at the age of 92. The eclectic rhythm machine, Paul Motian, who together with bassist Scott LaFaro and pianist Bill Evans formed what was perhaps the mo ...
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The Hop Farm 2012 Completes Line Up
Clash - almost 5 years
The Hop Farm have added the final names to their 2012 line up, including Ray Davies, Richard Ashcroft and more. With their no branding, no advertising ethos The Hop Farm have attempted to put the festival season back into the hand's of the fans. Looking at this year's line up, it's certainly obvious that plenty of thought, hard work and effort is going into 2012's instalment. The latest announcement from The Hop Farm fills in the gaps on the current line up. Richard Ashcroft is set to play at the summer event, his only UK appearance at the festival season. Elsewhere, Kinks icon Ray Davies is due to appear. Capable of drawing on one of British music's most sublime back catalogues, the songwriter remains a wonderful performer. Set to take part in The Hop Farm, Ray Davies joins a line up already dominated by the spectre of Bob Dylan and Patti Smith. Other new additions to the line up include British Sea Power, The Futureheads, Welsh wonder Gruff Rhys, newcomer Mary Epwo ...
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Smooth sailing for funky jazz - Jazz Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Fusion, smooth jazz, jazz-lite - call it what you will - might be derided in the loftier echelons of the critical establishment but it's booming at sea, with names such as David Sanborn (pictured right), Marcus Miller, Kirk Whalum and Joe Sample
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The Off-Handed Cool of Michael Franks - PopMatters
Google News - over 5 years
The accompaniment is courtesy of the Jazz Crusaders (Joe Sample on Fender Rhodes, Larry Carlton on guitar, Wilton Felder's bass), John Guerin on drums, Dave Sanborn and Michael Brecker on saxophones, and Larry Bunker on vibes—a slinky mixture of swing
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Baby's Got Bass
NYTimes - over 5 years
The contrast between the Esperanza Spalding that you see onstage and the offstage Esperanza, jazz bassist and singer, was not immediately apparent at breakfast the day after her big sold-out show at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the kickoff of her summer tour. Onstage she is luminous, a major chord of exuberance, swinging behind her
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BWW CD Reviews: HIROMI KANDA'S 2 Albums of Standards and Originals - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
Guest Pianist Joe Sample tickles the ivories in expert fashion to lend an even more authentically jazzy feel to these selections, and Matt Catingub's conducting and arranging (and smooth saxophone) are the icing on these delicious confections that will
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Baby's Got Bass - New York Times (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
A model from an earlier time: Joni Mitchell's “Court and Spark,” the album with David Crosby and Graham Nash singing harmony, and Joe Sample (from the Crusaders) playing jazz piano, or Mitchell's live album “Shadows and Light” with Michael Brecker on
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Stills, Adams, Lauper and more headed here - SignOnSanDiego.com
Google News - over 5 years
Stephen Stills is headed back to San Diego for an encore performance at the Belly Up. Stephen Stills is returning for an encore show at the Belly Up, and Ryan Adams, Joe Sample, Cyndi Lauper and Chris Robinson Brotherhood are among the acts headed here
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Computing with Bifocals: Some Tips to Help Novice Users Get Started with Lion - The Mac Observer
Google News - over 5 years
In this example every email you have sent to Joe Sample will be clumped together. You still have to scroll through the list to find Joe's group, but what a time saver this is. The only modifier on this will be whatever time limit you have set on how
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Steve Smith: Amy Winehouse-Tony Bennett duet - Pasadena Star-News
Google News - over 5 years
Benson will support the release by heading out on the road with his band that includes former Jazz Crusaders pianist Joe Sample and noted jazz drummer Harvey Mason, whose work with Benson dates to his "Breezin"' LP in 1976. Prior to the CD's release,
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Legendary Musician George Benson Returns with Guitar Man October 4 - Altsounds.com
Google News - over 5 years
Lending a hand on this recording is a solid team made up of veterans and newcomers alike - pianist Joe Sample, keyboardist and musical director David Garfield, bassist Ben Williams and drummer Harvey Mason. Williams is one of the hottest up-and-coming
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City Council to Honor Famed Musician Jeanne Arland Peterson - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
Jeanne Peterson and her daughter Patty Peterson reported that Steve Miller, David Sanborn, Brenda Russell, Howard Roberts and Joe Sample are just a few of music's luminaries who have visited the Richfield home. "This is the place where we all rehearsed
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İstanbul'da caz trio'su - Akşam
Google News - over 5 years
İstanbul Caz Festivali seyircilerinin sabırsızlıkla beklediği, pop-caz sahnesinin en sevilen ikililerinden olan Randy Crawford ve Joe Sample ile dünyanın en iyi caz şarkıcılarından biri olarak kabul edilen Natalie Cole, Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Açıkhava
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Randy Crawford ve Joe Sample sahnede - Ortam
Google News - over 5 years
Mağusa Kültür Sanat Festivali'nde final Randy Crawford ve Joe Sample ile yapılacak “15. Uluslararası Mağusa Kültür Sanat Festivali”, dünyaca ünlü iki yıldızın Salamis Antik Tiyatro'da bu akşam saat 21:00'de sahneye çıkacağı konserle sona eriyor
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joe Sample
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 75
    On September 12, 2014, Sample died in Houston, Texas from complications from mesothelioma lung disease.
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  • 2013
    Age 74
    In 2013, Sample was hospitalized with pneumonia, according to Variety, the Hollywood and music industry trade paper.
    More Details Hide Details With The (Jazz) Crusaders With Gene Ammons: With Kenny Burrell With Michael Franks With Richard "Groove" Holmes With Milt Jackson With B. B. King and Eric Clapton: With Harold Land With Carmen McRae With Blue Mitchell With Joni Mitchell With Lalo Schifrin With Steely Dan With Stanley Turrentine
  • 2009
    Age 70
    Sample had also suffered two heart attacks — the most recent in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details According to the Los Angeles Times he had also suffered illness caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, which produces chronic fatigue.
  • 2008
    Age 69
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Nicole Kidman sang his song "One Day I'll Fly Away" in the Baz Luhrmann film Moulin Rouge! The very popular "In All My Wildest Dreams", also from the 1978 album Rainbow Seeker, was sampled on Tupac's "Dear Mama", De la Soul's "WRMS's Dedication to the Bitty", Toni Braxton's "What's Good" and Arrested Development's "Africa's Inside Me". Sample had a bassist son named Nicklas Sample (with ex-wife Marianne), who is a member of the Coryell Auger Sample Trio featuring Julian Coryell and Karma Auger.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1999
    Age 60
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Fans again believe there may have been other collaborations of Sample - Benson which remain in the vaults unreleased.
  • FORTIES
  • 1983
    Age 44
    UK Jazz Funk and Soul DJ Robbie Vincent premiered Night Flight in its entirety in the spring of 1983 on his Radio London "Saturday Show" prompting a surge of jazz fusion enthusiasts and Sample fans to buy up all the import copies from London stores.
    More Details Hide Details For Sample, The Hunter album featured a number of leading musicians of the day including Marcus Miller on bass and Paulinho Da Costa on percussion. Sample was also joined on the album by Phil Upchurch on lead guitar, Dean Parks (also on guitar), Steve Gadd and Bob Wilson on drums, John Phillips on bass clarinet, and Abraham Laboriel on bass. For production, Joe Sample called on his Crusaders' stable mate Wilton Felder. The Hunter album came at a very important juncture in Sample's solo push. Night Flight remains the great achievement from these sessions, although fans were extremely disappointed when an edited version appeared on the compilation Joe Sample Collection. The Hunter album has been transferred to CD from the original tapes but fans are still awaiting a remastered expanded edition with previously unreleased material and demos. Sample appeared on stage at The Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland, on 28 May 2000, playing keyboard solo on George Benson's Deeper Than You Think. This concert was recorded and a DVD entitled George Benson: Absolutely Live was subsequently released.
    In 1983, MCA released Joe Sample's The Hunter LP.
    More Details Hide Details The Hunter sessions had taken place during the previous year at Hollywood Sound Recorders and Salty Dog Studios in Los Angeles, producing a fine body of recordings of which six were brought forward. Fans believe there maybe other recordings from the sessions yet to be released. Amongst the six tracks was the nine-minute Night Flight.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1978
    Age 39
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Despite the disbanding of the Crusaders, the members would join each other to record periodically over the years, releasing Healing the Wounds in the early 1990s. Felder, Hooper, and Sample recorded their first album, called Rural Renewal, as the reunited Crusaders group in 2003 and played a concert in Japan in 2004. Since Sample's Fancy Dance (1969), he has recorded several solo albums, including the George Duke produced Sample This. GRP also released Joe Sample Collection, and a three-disc Crusaders Collection, as testament to Sample's enduring legacy. Some of the pianist's recent recordings are The Song Lives On (1999), featuring duets with singer Lalah Hathaway, and The Pecan Tree (2002), a tribute to his hometown of Houston, where he relocated in 1994. His 2004 album on Verve, Soul Shadows, paid tribute to Duke Ellington and Jelly Roll Morton, and pre-jazz bandleader James Reese Europe. In 2007 he recorded Feeling Good with vocalist Randy Crawford.
  • 1975
    Age 36
    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.
    More Details Hide Details About this time Blue Note Records reissued some of the early work by the Jazz Crusaders as "The Young Rabbits". This was a compilation of their recordings done between 1962 and 1968. The electric keyboard was fairly new in the sixties, and Sample became one of the instrument's pioneers. He began to use the electric piano while the group retained their original name, and the group hit a commercial high-water mark with the hit single "Street Life" and the album of the same name in 1979.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1969
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1970s, as the Jazz Crusaders became simply the Crusaders and branched out into popular sounds, Sample became known as a Los Angeles studio musician, appearing on recordings by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Marvin Gaye, Tina Turner, B. B. King, Joe Cocker, Minnie Riperton and Anita Baker.
  • 1960
    Age 21
    Sample never took a degree from the university; instead, in 1960, he and the Jazz Crusaders made the move from Houston to Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details The group quickly found opportunities on the West Coast, making its first recording, Freedom Sounds in 1961 and releasing up to four albums a year over much of the 1960s. The Jazz Crusaders played at first in the dominant hard bop style of the day, standing out by virtue of their unusual front-line combination of saxophone (played by Wilton Felder) and Henderson's trombone. Another distinctive quality was the funky, rhythmically appealing acoustic piano playing of Sample, who helped steer the group's sound into a fusion between jazz and soul in the late 1960s. The Jazz Crusaders became a strong concert draw during those years.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1939
    Age 0
    Sample was born in Houston, Texas on February 1, 1939.
    More Details Hide Details Sample began to play the piano at age 5. He was a student of the organist and pianist Curtis Mayo. In high school in the 1950s, Sample teamed up with friends saxophonist Wilton Felder and drummer "Stix" Hooper to form a group called the Swingsters. While studying piano at Texas Southern University, Sample met and added trombonist Wayne Henderson and several other players to the Swingsters, which became the Modern Jazz Sextet and then the Jazz Crusaders, in emulation of one of the leading progressive jazz bands of the day, Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers.
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