AFP

WASHINGTON

Acclaimed American jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco has died at the age of 91, according to his website, following a long career and numerous collaborations with the genre’s biggest names.

DeFranco died on Wednesday in the US state of Florida, the website said.

He helped spearhead jazz’s move towards bebop, veering away from the traditional swing style.

DeFranco was a member of the American Jazz Hall of Fame and was recognized as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts, one of the genre’s highest honors.