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"CREOLE" Joe Sample: A Pianist "Seasoned with Soul"

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Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 4:00pm

Influenced by the blues and gospel music of the Texas Delta, legendary pianist, composer Joe Sample is "seasoned with soul".  Born and raised in Southeast Houston Texas, Sample grew up hearing not only jazz but also rural LaLa music (aka Zydeco) from his family's native home of Louisiana.  Joe Sample is a self-proclaimed "Creole writer", blending jazz, funk, soul and R&B; as a pioneer keyboardist in jazz fusion, he has touched generations with his music. World-renowned for his role as a founding member of the Jazz Crusaders, which became The Crusaders in the ‘70s, Mr. Sample has recorded and performed with artists as diverse as Donald Byrd, Miles Davis, George Benson, B. B. King and Marvin Gaye as well as notable women in music including saxophonist Jessy J, vocalists The Supremes, Lalah Hathaway, Anita Baker, Tina Turner and longtime collaborator Randy Crawford.  In 2010, Sample was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree conferred by his alma mater Texas Southern University in acknowledgement of his influence on American music. Catch Colors of Jazz when "CREOLE" Joe joins host Bonnie Johnson in between weekend concerts at Scullers Jazz Club to share his story.  Tune in at 4pm.

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Al grew up listening to the music of the 40’s on his father’s EH Scott radio and 78 records. Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman were family favorites. This is first experience in the broadcasting field and allows him to dig into his closet of old vinyls and share them with his audience on the Sunday afternoon edition of the Jazz Matinee.

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