Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist dies

Michael Brecker played with John Lennon and James Brown

Jazz saxophonist Michael Brecker died on Saturday (January 13) at the age of 57.

The 11-time Grammy winner passed away from leukaemia at a hospital in New York City.

Considered by many to be the leading tenor player of his generation, Brecker recorded with several legendary artists including John Lennon, Ringo Starr, James Brown, Simon & Garfunkel, Frank Zappa and Frank Sinatra, racking up more than 900 recordings in all.

Brecker released the first album under his own name in 1987, at the age of 38. He completed his last studio session only two weeks ago featuring Herbie Hancock and pianist Brad Mehldau (who is known for his reinterpretations of Radiohead tunes).

The recording is scheduled for a June US release via jazz label Heads Up International.

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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