Byard Lancaster, RIP

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Byard Lancaster, the prolific Philadelphia jazz saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist known for his avant-garde work in the early 1970s and more recently, his successful battles with SEPTA to be able to play his music on subway concourses, died on Thursday after a battle with cancer. He was 70.

The obituary from Saturday's Inquirer is here. Vibes player Khan Jamal said on Friday: "He was a damn good player. He could do everything. From avant-garde to funk to straight jazz. And in music, you have guys who are takers and guys who were givers. He was a giver."

Below, a day in Lancaster's life in 2008, from the Zion Baptist Church in North Philadelphia to playing the National Anthem at the Sixers game.

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