SAN FRANCISCO — Four-time Grammy winning tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, long one of jazz insiders' best-kept secrets, died Saturday of heart failure following a long bout with emphysema. He was 64.
"His heart just failed on him," said his sister, Phyllis Henderson, from Lima, Ohio, Saturday night.
Henderson stopped playing publicly more than a year ago due to his health problems.
Henderson's lyrical style, often said to be reminiscent of the legendary Stan Getz, brought him critical acclaim.