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Saxophonist, Educator John Stubblefield Dies

Tenor saxophonist John Stubblefield died Monday evening at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, N.Y. of prostate cancer. He was 60 years old. He was best known for his work with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), but also spent much of his time performing, recording and educating.

Born in Little Rock, Ark. on Feb. 4, 1945, Stubblefield moved to Chicago when he was young and joined the AACM. He also began studying with Muhal Richard Abrams and made his recording debut with Joseph Jarman in 1968.

In 1971, he moved again, this time to New York City where he worked with Mary Lou Williams, Charles Mingus, the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Tito Puente, Abdullah Ibrahim, Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner, Gil Evans and Lester Bowie, among others. He also recorded as leader on albums for Storyville, Soul Note, Sutra and Enja.

Stubblefield was hospitalized in April and spent his remaining time there. Among his many visitors were notables including Bill Cosby and former U.S. president Bill Clinton.

Stubblefield is survived by his friend Katherine Gogol, sister Joyce Patillo and cousins Harry Stubblefield and Stephanie Barber.

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