The Danish Jazzblog.dk reports that saxophonist John Tchicai died in his sleep in hospital in Perpignan yesterday. He had suffered a brain haemorrhage and collapsed at Barcelona airport on June 11th. He had been in good spirits and started to work with a physiotherapist, but had cancelled all gigs. His recent work in the UK had been in a duo with the late Tony Marsh. RIP.
UPDATE: John Fordham’s obituary plus a comment by Val Wilmer
What a loss! A musician of massive integrity and someone who wasn't afraid of simplicity in musical expression even though his music was intellectually and emotionally complex. He always seemed to make free improvised music accessible to anyone with open ears, and it was always infused with the spirit of jazz.