Jazz legend Pharoah Sanders dead at 81

Jazz great Pharoah Sanders, who pushed the boundaries of saxophone playing, has died aged 81.

His record label Luaka Bop announced the news, saying he had died 'peacefully', surrounded by family and friends in Los Angeles.

Bo as Farrell Sanders in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1940, the saxophonist began his career in Oakland, Califo ia before moving to New York in the early 1960s.

Sanders was a leading figure in what is often called spiritual jazz, which took influences from Asian and African traditions.

His expressive style made him a sought-after musical collaborator.