According to Chron.com, Joe Sample, a legendary pianist who transitioned from bebop to soulful jazz with the Crusaders died Friday, according to a Facebook post by his wife and son. He was 75.
A Fifth Ward native, Sample recalled the first concert his parents took him to, a la la or zydeco dance featuring Clifton Chenier, the King of Zydeco. The show made an impression and Sample was pulled toward the keyboard. While attending Wheatley High School, Sample co-founded the Modern Jazz Sextet. The group relocated to Los Angeles where they found work playing with Johnny “Guitar” Watson, a Houstonian who looked after the young players. Read More