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Makanda Ken McIntyre Dies at 69

Saxophonist Makanda Ken McIntyre died the morning of Wednesday, June 13 in his home, shortly after exercising. He was 69.

Though not well known on the jazz scene, McIntyre was a versatile jazz musician and an accomplished composer, equally adept on the tenor sax, flute, bass clarinet, bassoon and oboe. McIntyre grew up in Boston and studied at the Boston Conservatory before coming to New York in the ’60s. He released records on Prestige and Blue Note in the ’60s and ’70s but was best known as an educator. He recently retired from teaching to focus on performance full time. His last album, A New Beginning was released by Passin’ Thru earlier this month, it was his first since 1991’s Tribute (Serene).

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