• David S. Ware performing at Elastic in 2010

Yesterday afternoon New York free-jazz label Aum Fidelity sent out an e-mail describing the serious health issues faced by powerhouse saxophonist David S. Ware. The message, from label head Steven Joerg (also the saxophonist’s manager since the mid-90s), said that Ware had been in and out of hospitals for the past year, suffering from complications of the life-saving kidney transplant he received in May 2009. Then, late last night, Joerg sent out another e-mail: Ware was dead. He’d passed at age 62 at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.