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JT Notes: Our Prayer

Skimming this issue, you might get the false impression that jazz is well heeled and glamorous: Bossa-nova chanteuses on major labels, Starbucks-assisted crossover projects, Queen Latifah.

But many of jazz’s stories are unspeakably sad, including that of Donald Ayler, who died in obscurity in Ohio on Oct. 21 of an apparent heart attack. He was 65, a mentally ill man who hadn’t recorded in over a quarter-century.

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Evan Haga

Evan Haga worked as an editor and writer at JazzTimes from 2006 to 2018. He is currently the Jazz Curator at TIDAL, and his writing has appeared at RollingStone.com, NPR MusicBillboard and other outlets.