The Art Ensemble of Chicago saxophonist Joseph Jarman has died at the age of 81.

Douglas R. Ewart of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians announced that Jarman passed away in New Jersey although there are no other details so far. The Arkansas-born Chicago raised reedist was an early AACM member in the 1960s and in the Art Ensemble which grew out of the AACM became a world renowned avant gardist staying with the Ensemble until the early-1990s later concentrating on his Zen Buddhist practice and his own solo projects.