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Stix Hooper

A native of Houston, Texas, Stix developed an interest in music, drums and percussion at a very early age. Starting in junior high, under the direction of George Magruder, the school’s band director, Stix began devoting much of his time to the study of all aspects of music including composition, song writing, etc. Studying at Phillis Wheatley High School, spearheaded by band director, Sammy Harris, Stix eventually formed a band called the Swingsters, later on the Modern Jazz Sextet. While matriculating at Texas Southern University, Stix received continual coaching from members of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and other local professional musicians

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hugh Masekela: Masekela '66 - '76

Read "Masekela '66 - '76" reviewed by Chris May

Like his compatriot and close contemporary Abdullah Ibrahim, Hugh Masekela has a 24-carat discography which stretches back six decades and digs deep into the taproot of jazz. Ibrahim is still with us--he has a new album scheduled for June 2019--but Masekela passed in January 2018. Among the several solid Masekela compilations on the market, this 3-CD ...

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

The Nontraditional Holidays - 2018

Read "The Nontraditional Holidays - 2018" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Robyn Spangler Christmas is... O.P. REcords

NEWS: EVENT

"Remembering Joe Sample” At The Berks Jazz Festival

"Remembering Joe Sample” At The Berks Jazz Festival

One of the featured attractions at this year’s Berks Jazz Festival (its 25th anniversary show) will be a special performance on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Reading, PA called “Remembering Joe Sample.” This special tribute to the world renowned pianist and composer who passed away last September was organized by musical ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Last Interview: Joe Sample

Last Interview: Joe Sample

Back in March, when I was interviewing artists for my Wall Street Journal “Anatomy of a Song" column on Rock the Boat, I called Joe Sample, who played keyboard and led the rhythm section on what is widely considered the fist pure disco single. Joe had just finished undergoing chemotherapy when I called, which had miraculously ...

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Wayne Henderson, Jazz Crusaders Co-Founder, Dies

Wayne Henderson, Jazz Crusaders Co-Founder, Dies

Wayne Henderson, trombonist and co-founding member of the popular jazz-funk band The Jazz Crusaders (later known as The Crusaders), died Friday, April 4, in Culver City, Calif. The cause of death was heart failure, according to The Crusaders' manager. Henderson was 74. Along with fellow Houston musicians Joe Sample (piano), Wilton Felder (tenor saxophone) and Stix ...

NEWS: RECORDING

PRA Records To Release Randy Crawford & Joe Sample – Live Featuring Steve Gadd On Drums And Nicklas Sample On Bass In Stores July 31st

PRA Records To Release Randy Crawford & Joe Sample – Live Featuring Steve Gadd On Drums And Nicklas Sample On Bass In Stores July 31st

Electrifying Performances Recorded On Tour at Various Concert Venues Throughout Europe From October – December 2008 Randy Crawford and Joe Sample have been making music together in one form or another for nearly 36 years. From their first hit together in 1979, “Street Life” (which Randy sang with Joe and The Crusaders) to “One Day I’ll ...


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