James Chance, Icon of No Wave and Saxophonist for The Contortions, Dies at 71


James Chance

James Chance, alto saxophone, does at the Winston on 30th September 1996 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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James Chance, the singer-saxophonist of the Contortions and Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, that aided introduce the No Wave scene in the late 1970s, has actually passed away. He was 71.

News of Chance’s death was verified by his bro, David Siegfried, and shared via the late punk-funk musicians’s Facebook page on Tuesday (June 18).

“His death was announced by his brother David Siegfried of Chicago, who did not specify a cause of death but noted that the musician’s health had been in decline for several years,” the extensive message reviews. “His final live performance is believed to have taken place in March 2019 in Utrecht, the Netherlands.”

Chance, that was recognized for mixing jazz, punk and funk, passed away June 18 at Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center in New York, according to the declaration.

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Born James Alan Siegfried in Milwaukee, Chance started playing piano while going to a Catholic primary school and later on occupied the alto saxophone in his late adolescent years. During his education and learning at Michigan State University and Milwaukee’s Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, he created allure band James Siegfried Quintet and the Stooges- affectedDeath

In 1975, Chance relocated to New York, where he formally started utilizing his name, and a year later on created the prominent team Teenage Jesus and the Jerks with vocalistLydia Lunch In 1977, after researching with saxophonist David Murray, he created the very first variation of theContortions The team launched its launching cd, Buy, in 1979. Chance was recognized for his confrontational phase existence and recognized to begin battles with participants of the group.

The Contortions separated in 1979 and Chance rejoined with some participants of the band in 2003 for a collection of programs, consisting of All Tomorrow’s Parties inLos Angeles They later on visited with each other in the adhering to years. Chance additionally carried out with the Chicago band Watchers.

He is made it through by his mom, Jean Siegfried; bro, David Siegfried; and siblings, Jill Siegfried and Mary (Randy) Koehler.



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