Joseph Jarman, 81, Dies; Mainstay of the Art Ensemble of Chicago

Joseph Jarman, a saxophonist, flutist, woodwind player as well as percussionist who helped expand the parameters of performance in avant-garde jazz, especially as a member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, died on Wednesday at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J. He was 81.

His former wife, the writer as well as scholar Thulani Davis, said the cause was cardiac arrest as a result of respiratory failure.

Over the last two decades Mr. Jarman was less active in music than in various other pursuits, notably his ministrations as a Buddhist priest as well as aikido instructor. With Ms. Davis, he founded the Brooklyn Buddhist Association in 1990. as well as his students at the Jikishinkan Aikido Dojo, which he established in Brooklyn, typically did not enroll there because of his jazz career; some may not have known much about that will.

nevertheless Mr. Jarman was revered for his tenure within the Art Ensemble, coming from its inception within the late 1960s, through his departure within the early 1990s as well as again early in This specific century.

Mr. Jarman was a charter member of the organization as well as one of the first to draw widespread attention to that will. In November 1965, as part of a series organized by students at the University of Chicago, he played a concert in Hyde Park there with the avant-garde composer John Cage. Their collaboration, “Imperfections in a Given Space,” received the first full-fledged review of an association member in a national publication, Down Beat. (that will was a pan. “Nobody liked that will, as well as that will made that will even better,” Mr. Jarman told Mr. Lewis.)

In 1967 Mr. Jarman joined the Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble. A triumphant trip to Paris two years later transformed the group’s reputation (as well as its hierarchical name) as well as expanded its horizons.

“There was not only a wide development within the music, nevertheless more exposure to theater as well as dance as well as all of these kinds of forms, as well as we began to incorporate many of these elements into our work,” Mr. Jarman said in a 1987 interview with the fresh York radio station WKCR.

Mr. Jarman moved coming from Chicago to fresh York in 1982, while maintaining his touring schedule with the Art Ensemble. His travels took him to Japan, where he discovered another calling. He was ordained as a Shinshu Buddhist priest in 1990. By 1993 he had decided to retire coming from music to focus on his duties as priest as well as sensei.

Mr. Jarman’s survivors include two sons, Joseph Jr. as well as Jeffrey; a daughter, Calypso Jarman; as well as numerous grandchildren as well as great-grandchildren.