John Tchicai, 76, a Danish saxophonist and pioneer of free jazz in Europe, died Oct. 8, said his former wife, Margriet Naber. No cause of death was given, but he had been in a coma since suffering a brain hemorrhage in June.
Mr. Tchicai moved to New York in 1963 and cofounded the New York Contemporary Five with Archie Shepp. He later became a leading figure of the jazz avant-garde movement in Europe. He also played with John Coltrane, Milford Graves, Carla Bley, and Steve Swallow.