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Jazz-funk pioneer Joe Sample dies at 75

Joe Sample

Pianist and composer Joe Sample, a founding member of the genre-crossing Jazz Crusaders who helped pioneer the electronic jazz-funk fusion style, has died at age 75.

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Innovative jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd dies at 80

Donald Byrd. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Jazz musician Donald Byrd, a leading hard-bop trumpeter of the 1950s who collaborated on dozens of albums with top artists of his time and later enjoyed commercial success with hit jazz-funk fusion records such as “Black Byrd,” has died. He was 80.

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