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Joe Sample, a jazz pianist who had a successful solo career and also performed with numerous high-profile musicians, died on Friday in Houston. He was 75.
“His wife, Yolanda, and his son Nicklas would like to thank all of you, his fans and friends, for your prayers and support during this trying time,” reads the Facebook post. “Please know that Joe was aware and very appreciative of all of your prayers, comments, letters/cards and well wishes.”
Sample began his career as a member of music group Jazz Crusaders (which later became The Crusaders), and he remained with the group until its 1991 album. He has also released numerous solo albums through Warner Bros.
Throughout his career, he has also performed on recordings by such artists as The Supremes, Eric Clapton, Tina Turner, Joni Mitchell, B.B. King, Miles Davis and Steely Dan.
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