James Mtume, visionary Philly musician, songwriter and producer, has died

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — James Mtume, the Philadelphia R&B, jazz and funk musician who played with Miles Davis, wrote and produced songs for Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway and Stephanie Mills, and is best known for the 1983 hit “Juicy Fruit” that was sampled by Notorious B.I.G., has died. He was 76. Mtume’s death at his home on Sunday in South Orange, New Jersey, was confirmed on Monday in a statement by his family. His publicist Angelo Ellerbee said the cause of death was cancer. Mtume was born to Philadelphia musical royalty. His father was Jimmy Heath, the South Philly jazz saxophonist who died in 202…

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