Bud Shank, a flutist and alto saxophonist who worked with a variety of jazz greats as well as famous pop acts such as the Mamas and the Papas, has died. He was 82.
Shank died Thursday of pulmonary failure at his home in Tucson, Arizona, according to his Web site and JazzTimes magazine.
Shank first began working with saxophonist Charlie Barnet, trumpeter Shorty Rogers and then pianist Stan Kenton before gong on to lead his own groups. He was one of the first jazz musicians to explore Brazilian music, working with Sergio Mendes and recording for World Pacific records.
His flute work is heard in the Mamas and the Papas' "California Dreamin.'"