Saxophonist and SPFHS Alum, David S. Ware, Dies at Age 62

Ware, a well known free jazz player throughout New York City, passed away on Oct. 18 due to complications from a previous kidney transplant.

David S. Ware, a saxophonist who helped lead the resurgence of the free jazz movement in New York City, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 18 in New Brunswick, NJ.

Ware was born in Plainfield, NJ but grew up in Scotch Plains and attended Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. He later went on to attend Berklee College of Music. According to Wikipedia, he resided in New York City for 14 years while working as a cab driver. He later moved back to Scotch Plains.

Suffering from kidney disease, at age 60, Ware received a kidney transplant from one of his fans. The donation followed an email sent out to over 1,000 of Ware's fans.

Patricia Parker, wife of Ware’s long-time collaborator bassist William Parker, shared on jazzcorner.com’s bulletin board:

Tonight, a giant has fallen. David S. Ware, the great saxophonist, died tonight, October 18, 2012. What an incredible loss! What a great musician and spirit! His tremendous sound, his spirit, his music, is irreplaceable.

Music holds Us

when there is more information we will let you know.

Ware has 25 records under his belt, on labels such as AUM, DIW and Thirsty Ear.

The New York Times covered Ware's performance following his transplant and delved a little more into his story, which you can find here.

bgporter October 22, 2012 at 05:24 PM
A nice (and short) documentary on his approach to music is here: http://dlf.tv/2011/david-s-ware/#
Nicole Bitette (Editor) October 22, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Thanks bg!
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