Category Archives: Tribute


BB King

Such sad news today with the death of the legend BB King , I have always said he was one of the most noble and humble artists I have ever worked with a man who made you feel important and that your views mattered. It is small things that sometimes matter in life and although over the years I have never been a great one for memorabilia , I have to say in the case of BB King I have a very treasured signed photo of him with ‘Lucille’ , it sits on the wall and I see it everyday reminding me that music can change the world and the way people perceive their lives, and an artist like BB King is simply a legend who touched so many and turned the blues into a musical genre that took it to a news stage of global recognition and commerciality, he will be missed.

Music Industry Loses Jazz Legend Joe Sample

Joe Sample performing at the Montreux Jazz festival in 2011.

Very sad news of the death of the legendary jazz musician, Joe Sample aged 75.

The late Sample wrote a wealth of classic hits, some of his greatest work includes 70’s hit “Streetlife” and “One Day I’ll Fly”.

Tributes to the star have flooded social media over the past couple of days as fans grieve the loss of a legend.

British musician, Kirk Degiorgio, paid homage to the star on Twitter saying, “RIP Joe Sample – one of the most iconic sessionists of the West Coast scene. So many classic riffs, hooks and accompaniment…”

Gilles Peterson paid tribute to the late Sample on Instagram, sharing a picture of the ‘’Freedom Sound” LP from The Jazz Crusaders, captioned ‘RIP Joe Sample’. See the tribute here:

Fellow jazz musician Brain Culbertson paid tribute the jazz legend on Twitter with simple message saying, “Thank you Joe for inspiring us to ‘groove’ harder”.

For those wishing to pay their respects to the legend, this was posted onto the Joe Sample FaceBook pager yesterday.

“Services for Joe Sample: Friday, September 19, 2014, 6:00pm-9:00pm, wake and viewing open to the general public, My Mother of Mercy Church, 4000 Sumpter St., Houston, TX, 77020. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, etc., the family asks to make donations to the Joe Sample Youth Organization, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit. Contributions can be made via paypal/credit card using the following link: or via check to the following address: Joe Sample Youth Organization, P.O. Box 590254, Houston, TX 77259.”

My greatest memory of Sample is of his iconic work with The Crusaders. He was a fantastic writer and truly a legendary musician.