Joseph Leslie "Joe" Sample is an American pianist, keyboard player and composer. He was one of the founding members of the Swingsters, a band which evolved into The Modern Jazz Sextet and later The Jazz Crusaders. The band became simply The Crusaders in 1971. He remained a part of the group until its final album in 1991. Since the late 1980s, he has enjoyed a successful solo career.
Since the late 1980s, he has enjoyed a successful solo career.