Happy birthday to pianist and composer Joe Sample, who is celebrating his 70th birthday on Sunday, Feb. 1.
"I can�t remember any particular birthday that stands out," Sample says. "I know the big one that is coming up will stand out more than any of them. I will be 70. That�s a milestone. I cannot believe it. I do feel wonderful, but it�s like, 70? Are you kidding me?"
He was born Joseph Leslie Sample and raised in the Creole section of Houston, referred to as French Town. In 2002, Sample returned to Houston after residing in Northern California for 10 years.
Before his solo career was ignited, Sample was a longtime member of the Jazz Crusaders, and in 1971 they became known simply as The Crusaders. In 2003, Joe reunited with saxophonist Wilton Felder and drummer Stix Hooper for the first time in 33 years, releasing a new Crusaders album, Rural Renewal.
Meanwhile, Sample's latest project, No Regrets, will be released on March 24. It�s his second CD in a row with vocalist Randy Crawford, following the Grammy-nominated Feeling Good.