Donald Ayler (October 5, 1942 – October 21, 2007) was a jazz trumpeter and younger brother to saxophonist Albert Ayler.
Born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, he went on to work with his brother in the mid-1960s. In 1967 Donald had what he termed a "nervous breakdown", which affected his brother's life as well. In 1970 his brother's death affected him deeply. After that he did work with a septet in Florence, but remains best known for his connection to Albert.
Ayler suffered a sudden heart attack on Sunday October 21, 2007, and died at home in Northfield, Ohio.
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With Albert Ayler
- Bells (ESP-Disk, 1965)
- Spirits Rejoice (ESP-Disk, 1965)
- Albert Ayler in Greenwich Village (Impulse!, 1967)
- Love Cry (Impulse!, 1968)
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