Joseph Leslie "Joe" Sample was an American pianist, keyboard player and composer. He was one of the founding members of the Swingsters, a band which evolved into the Modern Jazz Sextet and later the Jazz Crusaders. The band became simply The Crusaders in 1971. He remained a part of the group until its final album in 1991.
Since the late 1980s, he has enjoyed a successful solo career.
On September 12, 2014, Sample died in Houston, Texas, of mesothelioma at age 75.
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