Joe Sample (Pianist) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
Joe Sample

Joseph Leslie Sample was an American pianist, keyboard player, and composer. He was 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. Beginning in the 1970s, he enjoyed a successful solo career and guested on many recordings by other performers and groups, including Miles Davis, George Benson, Jimmy Witherspoon, B. B. King, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Anita Baker, and the Supremes. Sample incorporated jazz, gospel, blues, Latin, and classical forms into his music.

Birth name: Joseph Leslie Sample
Born: February 1, 1939, Houston, Texas, U.S.
Died: September 12, 2014, Houston, Texas, U.S.
Genres: Jazz
Occupation(s): Singer, songwriter, composer
Instruments: Piano, keyboards
Years active: 1950sā€“2014
Labels: Blue Thumb, MCA, GRP, Warner Bros, Verve, ABC
Associated acts: Jazz Crusaders, Steely Dan, Michael Franks, Lalah Hathaway, India.Arie
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About Joe Sample

Co-founded The Crusaders and also had a successful solo career. He was skilled in jazz, gospel, blues, Latin, and classical.

Before Fame

He founded the Swingsters with drummer ‘Stix’ Hooper and saxophonist Wilton Felder while he was in high school. He attended Texas Southern University where he met trombonist Wayne Henderson, who also became a member of the Swingsters.


He collaborated with such notables as Miles Davis, Jimmy Witherspoon, Eric Clapton, and The Supremes.

Family Life

His parents nurtured his musical talents, and he started studying piano when he was five. He was married to Yolanda Sample up until his death in 2014.


He was heavily influenced by Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington.

Information related to Joe Sample

  • Blue Thumb Records artists
  • Smooth jazz pianists
  • GRP Records artists
  • ABC Records artists
  • Verve Records artists
  • American organists
  • Musicians from Houston
  • Musicians from Texas
  • MCA Records artists

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Latest information about Joe Sample updated on September 11, 2020.

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