The Crusaders

Genres: Funk Jazz Jazz Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul Television
Tags: jazz funk fusion jazz-funk soul smooth jazz Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links: allmusic discogs lyrics other databases wikidata wikipedia


This remarkably versatile group was formed in Houston, Texas, as the Swingsters. During the 50s, Wilton Felder (31 August 1940, Houston, Texas, USA; reeds), Wayne Henderson (b. 24 September 1939, Houston, Texas, USA; trombone), Joe Sample (b. 1 February 1939, Houston, Texas, USA; keyboards) and Nesbert ‘Stix’ Hooper (b. 15 August 1938, Houston, Texas, USA; drums), forged a reputation as an R&B group before moving to California. Known as the Jazz Crusaders, they were signed by the Pacific Jazz label for whom they recorded a series of melodious albums. In 1970, the quartet truncated their name to the Crusaders in deference to an emergent soul/funk perspective. In truth the group exaggerated facets already prevalent in their work, rather than embark on something new. A 1972 hit, ‘Put It Where You Want It’, established a tight, precise interplay and an undeniably rhythmic pulse. The song was later recorded by the Average White Band, the kind of...

Arrow Read the Full Biography of The Crusaders

Email alerts for products
by The Crusaders