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Wayne Henderson dies at 74; Jazz Crusaders co-founder, trombonist
Wayne Henderson dies at 74; Jazz Crusaders co-founder, trombonist

Wayne Henderson, a trombonist, composer and co-founder of the Jazz Crusaders, who became a powerful force for merging the sound of jazz with elements of funk, soul and R&B, died Friday at a Culver City hospital. He was 74. His death from heart failure was confirmed by manager Stephanie Pappas.  During a decades-long career, Henderson was best known for his work with the Jazz Crusaders, an enduring presence on the Los Angeles jazz scene since its debut recording in 1961. Backed by tenor saxophonist Wilton Felder and keyboardist Joe Sample, Henderson wrote one of the band's signature compositions in the zig-zagging "Young Rabbits," a propulsive blast of hard bop that justified the band's...

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