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Wayne Henderson, Crusaders Mainstay, Dead at 74

Trombonist was also an accomplished solo artist and producer

Wayne Henderson

Trombonist Wayne Henderson, a core member of the Jazz Crusaders-later shortened to the Crusaders-along with Joe Sample (piano), Stix Hooper (drums) and Wilton Felder (saxophone), died in Culver City, Calif., on April 4 of heart failure. He was 74.

Henderson was an important player in jazz, soul and funk, and also an accomplished producer. His peak years of popularity came during the 1970s, but by that time he had already been active for two decades; he continued to record and perform with a revived Crusaders including, at times, Felder and Sample into the 2000s.

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