Brevett was an original member of The Skatalites, a hugely influential band begun in 1964. The group made its mark by transforming everything from jazz to movie themes into ska style.
Musicologist Bunny Goodison says Brevett and drummer Lloyd Knibb were the “driving force of ska.”' Knibb died in 2011.
Brevett is survived by his wife and five children. Brevett's son Okine was killed in February hours after accepting an award for his father's musical contributions.