Jazz-Funk Pioneer Joe Sample Dies at 75

September 13, 2014 11:06 PM

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Jazz-Funk Pioneer Joe Sample Dies at 75

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.

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