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Joe Sample

Joe Sample

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Booking Joe Sample

To book Joe Sample or another Blues & Jazz artist for your private party, corporate event, fundraiser or other function, please fill out our Artist Request Form to quickly connect with one of our Booking Agents.

The staff of Headline Booking Group will work with you to produce a memorable event. Get started now by filling out our no-obligation Artist Request Form and we will work with you to book Joe Sample or another Blues & Jazz for your event.


Biography

For more than four decades, pianist and composer Joe Sample has been an integral, innovative and bestselling part of jazz history. With Soul Shadows, the first all solo piano recording of Sample’s illustrious career, he pays homage to the great American songwriters of the 20th century whose masterful works inspired his own development as one of the most diverse and popular jazz performers of the last half century.

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A founding member of the influential jazz funk combo The Crusaders (originally the Jazz Crusaders) and a pioneer of contemporary jazz piano, Sample reaches back to the primary sources of jazz and soul music to create his personal interpretations of classics by such esteemed composers as Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, the Gershwins, Al Jolson, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and others. While exploring these rich expressions of Americana, Sample acknowledges his own key role in carrying on these powerful legacies by including distinct reworkings of two of his own classics, ‘Soul Shadows’ (which originally appeared on The Crusaders’ Midnight Triangle in 1976) and ‘Spellbound.’

While actively touring as a member of the Crusaders, Sample simultaneously launched a successful solo career. His bestselling recordings include Rainbow Seeker, Carmel, Voices in the Rain, Spellbound, Ashes to Ashes, Invitation (a return to his bebop roots), Did You Feel That?, Old Places, Old Faces and the George Duke produced Sample This. GRP also released The Joe Sample Collection and the three CD Crusaders Collection as testament to Sample’s enduring legacy. The pianist’s most recent recordings are 1999’s The Song Lives On (featuring duets with singer Lalah Hathaway) and 2002’s The Pecan Tree, a colorful tribute to his hometown of Houston, where he relocated in 1994.
By returning to the roots of his own musical influence, Sample’s Soul Shadows gives us a unique reflection and chronicle of traditional American music at its best .

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