2/1/1939 - 9/12/2014
Jazz Legacies: Remembering the life, death and legacy of Joe Sample
HOUSTON (AP) - Pianist and composer Joe Sample, a founding member of the genre-crossing Jazz Crusaders who helped pioneer the electronic jazz-funk fusion style, has died at age 75.
His manager, Patrick Rains, said Saturday that Sample died of complications due to lung cancer Friday evening at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, with his family at his bedside.
Rains says Sample was "a seminal figure in the transition from acoustic to electronic music in the jazz field in the late...