Donald Ayler

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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.


With Albert Ayler

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