James Chance, key figure in New York’s no wave music scene, dies aged 71

Singer and saxophonist known for confrontational stage persona had experienced ill health for a number of years

James Chance, the singer-saxophonist whose squalling blend of funk, jazz and post-punk found a cult following in mid-1970s New York onwards, has died aged 71.

His brother David Siegfried stated that he died on Tuesday in New York. No cause of death was given, but “the musician’s health had been in decline for several years” according to Siegfried.

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