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Drummer Alvin Fielder Dies at 83

A founding member of the AACM, he helped push jazz’s rhythmic limits for six decades

Alvin Fielder in performance at the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (photo by Mark Robbins)

Alvin Fielder, an acclaimed free-jazz drummer and educator who was a founding member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and also maintained a career as a pharmacist, died Jan. 5 at a hospital in Jackson, Miss. He was 83.

His death was confirmed by bassist William Parker, who was at Fielder’s bedside shortly before his passing. The cause of death was complications from congestive heart failure and pneumonia, including a stroke that Fielder suffered that same morning.

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