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Jazz Pianist Joe Sample (1987)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1987-05-10

Duration: 00:27:13

Subjects: Music | JAZZ | Sample, Joe | Southern University Jazz Ensemble


  • Masingale, Sonya Host
  • Sample, Joe Interviewee
  • Sample, Joe Performer
  • Southern University Jazz Band Performer


This episode of the series “Folks” from May 10, 1987, focuses on jazz pianist Joe Sample’s visit to Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to teach a master class at the School of Music. Sample, a Louisiana native, grew up in Houston, Texas. Sonya Masingale first interviews Sample, who discusses: his love of Louisiana food; the special sound produced by musicians from Louisiana; his commitment to teaching students; practicing for several hours every day; and jazz as an art form. Masingale then presents highlights from Sample’s concert with the Southern University Jazz Band.