For more than four decades, pianist and composer Joe Sample has been an integral, innovative and bestselling part of jazz history. Sample reaches back to the primary sources of jazz and soul music to create his personal interpretations of classics by Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, the Gershwins, Al Jolson, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and others. He is a founding member of the influential jazz funk combo The Crusaders, who he led for more than 20 years before launching a successful solo career that includes recordings by Miles Davis, B. B. King, Eric Clapton and Steely Dan.