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R.I.P. Joe Sample

The Last Joe Sample Interview

Marc Myers unwittingly did Joe Sample’s final interview this past March for a Wall Street Journal article. He went back to his tapes and transcribed more of it for JazzWax. We lost a great and unique artist with Joe’s passing. Ironically, Tommy LiPuma and Stewart Levine were set to go down to Houston to tape an extensive interview with Joe once he got out of the hospital. But he never did.

-Michael Cuscuna
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Born on this day: February 1, 1939 - Jazz/Funk and R&B keyboardist and Crusaders co-founding member Joe Sample (born Joseph Leslie Sample in Houston, TX). Happy Birthday to this brilliant musician on what would have been his 76th Birthday.