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Byard Lancaster, Philly Multi-Instrumentalist, Dies at 70

Played in early years with Sunny Murray, Sun Ra, McCoy Tyner

Byard Lancaster
Byard Lancaster

Byard Lancaster, a Philadelphia musician described as a “local institution” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, died Aug. 23 in Wyndmoor, Penn. He was 70 and the cause was cancer.

Best known for his work on tenor, alto and soprano saxophones, Lancaster also played piano, flute and clarinet.

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