OBITUARY: Jazz saxophonist Frank Lowe, 60

Jazz tenor saxophonist Frank Lowe, 60, died September 19, 2003, of complications from lung cancer in New York. Greatly influenced by John Coltrane, he played and recorded with musicians such as Alice Coltrane, Rashied Ali, Sun Ra, Eugene Chadbourne, Don Cherry, Joseph Jarman, Billy Bang, Joe McPhee, and Saxemble, four-saxophone group he founded in the early ‘90s. In 2002, he recorded Down & Blue which critic Glenn Astarita notes will serve as “glowing reminder of his unique sound, style, and distinct approach to modern jazz.”

  • Todd S. Jenkins takes a look back at Lowe’s influential, though often unheralded, career in an article posted on the Jazz Journalists Association Web site.