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Joseph Jarman 1937-2019

The Art Ensemble of Chicago’s resident shaman was also a poet, Buddhist priest, and aikido instructor

Joseph Jarman
Joseph Jarman

Joseph Jarman, a saxophonist, multi-reedist, percussionist, poet, and composer who was a charter member of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and a staple of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. He was 81.

His death was announced by his friend and AACM colleague Douglas R. Ewart, and confirmed by his former wife, Thulani Davis, and in a statement on the website of the AACM’s New York chapter. The cause of death was cardiac arrest and respiratory failure.

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