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Sonny Fortune Dies at 79

The Coltrane-inspired saxophonist and flutist worked with Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, and other greats

Sonny Fortune in 2007
Sonny Fortune in 2007 (photo: Dmitry Scherbie)

Sonny Fortune, a saxophonist and flutist with a brawny, intense style who was best known for his long association with Elvin Jones (and brief association with Miles Davis), died Oct. 25 at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. He was 79.

His death was confirmed by National Public Radio. The cause of death was complications from a series of strokes.

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