Saxophonist backed Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin

James “Red” Holloway, a noted saxophonist who played with the greats from the big band era through bebop, blues, R&B and modern jazz, died from kidney failure and complications of a stroke in Morro Bay, Calif., on Saturday, Feb. 25. He was 84.

During a career that spanned nearly seven decades, Holloway’s versatility and driving swing style kept him much in demand. He performed with legends such as Billie Holiday, B.B. King, Lionel Hampton and Aretha Franklin.

He played for jazz fans around the world and performed in Europe as late as last October.

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