Although cause of death was unknown at press time, Golub had suffered a series of setbacks. He lost his eyesight because of a collapse of an optic nerve and was diagnosed with a rare, incurable brain disorder – Progressive Supranuclear Palsy or PSP.
In the interim, he fell onto a subway track in New York City and was dragged by a train before being rescued by onlookers, according to JazzTimes.
Golub, who played his first gig in 1967 at age 12, has more than a dozen albums to his name.
A tribute show will take place at the B.B. King Blues Club in New York Jan. 21. Helping out the jazzman’s family, “Friends Of Jeff Golub All-Star Memorial Benefit Concert” will feature performances by Mindi Abair, Rick Braun, Randy Brecker, Henry Butler, Lionel Cordew, Christopher Cross, Mark Egan, Richard Elliot, Bill Evans, Chuck Loeb, Philippe Saisse, Kirk Whalum, Kenny White and Dave Koz. Tickets are $45 in advance and $44 day of show. VIP options are available.