Jazz pioneer RUFUS HARLEY died on 1 August (06) of prostate cancer. He was 70. Widely regarded as the "world's first jazz bagpiper", Harley was inspired to play the traditional Scottish instrument after seeing the Black Watch play at President John F Kennedy's state funeral in 1963. Even though he claimed "everybody thought I was crazy", Harley began to adapt the instrument's distinctive sound to suit jazz, blues and funk styles and went on to perform with a host of legends including John Coltrane and DIZZY GILLESPIE. Harley is survived by second wife BARBARA JEAN JONES and 16 children.