Published Oct 19, 2012In a sad development for the world of jazz, saxophonist David S. Ware passed away yesterday (October 18) following a 2009 kidney transplant and subsequent dialysis treatment. He was 62.
Ware died at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. According to a statement by Steven Joerg of Ware's label, AUM Fidelity, "His physical body failed but his spirit was completely ready to move onward."
Born in Plainfield, NJ, Ware went on to attend the Berklee School of Music in Boston. He was involved in numerous projects throughout the '70s and '80s, but his career as a celebrated band leader didn't begin until the late '80s and '90s. He released music through Columbia Records, in addition to a number of smaller labels, and he remained prolific through the final years of his life.
For those who have been following recent developments, Ware's death sadly shouldn't come as a complete shock. Just a day before his passing, on October 17, AUM Fidelity posted a health update revealing that Ware was in the hospital and explaining, "At the moment he is physically not doing well at all, though his spirit is in a very positive place."
Go here to watch the 13-and-a-half-minute documentary David S. Ware: A World of Sound. A trailer is below. You can also head here to read a 2005 feature Exclaim! did on Ware.