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Harlesden-born jazz musician Ronny Jordan dies at 51

PUBLISHED: 15:04 16 January 2014 | UPDATED: 18:22 16 January 2014

Ronny Jordan has died as the age of 51 (Pic credit: www.ronnyjordan.com)

Ronny Jordan has died as the age of 51 (Pic credit: www.ronnyjordan.com)

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Tributes are being paid to an award-winning jazz musician from Harlesden who has died at the age of 51.

Ronny Jordan accepting the award for Best Jazz Act at the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) awards  (pic credit: PA/Peter Jordan)Ronny Jordan accepting the award for Best Jazz Act at the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) awards (pic credit: PA/Peter Jordan)

Ronny Jordan, who grew up in Oldfield Road, is credited with being at the forefront of the acid jazz movement in the 1990s.

Born Ronald Laurence Albert Simpson to Jamaican parents, Mr Jordan began playing the ukulele at the age of four and joined his first band when he was 11.

When he was 18 he started playing the jazz guitar and become a professional musician in 1985 going on to sign his first record deal six years later.

Following the release of his debut album ‘The Antidote’ in 1992, which included ‘So What’ he went on to feature in Guru’s Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1, the following year.

In 2000 his album A Brighter Day, was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album.

His musical talents saw him scoop a string of accolades including the MOBO Best Jazz Act Award in 2000 and the Gibson Guitar Best Jazz Guitarist Award in 2001.

Mr Jordan’s death on Monday was announced on social networking site Facebook by his siblings Rickey and Denise.

A Facebook page set up in his memory has received more than 2,000 likes.

Bigyoot Jammers, a DJ who grewup in Harlesden, told the Times: “This is very sad news. Ronny was a good friend of my older brother and he always showed us love and respect and taught us to love soul/jazz music.”

Bluey, a member of jazz/funk/ soul band Incognito, tweeted; “‏I am deeply saddened to hear the news that our fellow UK musician guitarist Ronny Jordan has passed away.”

Haji Mike, a DJ, poet and writer, conducted the first ever media interview with Mr Jordan following the release of ‘The Antidote.

He told the Times: “Ronny confessed that I was the first person to interview him and that he was nervous. So we chilled and talked like two old mates about music, life and his ambitions as an emerging musician.

“I am deeply saddened to hear of Ronny’s death. He was such a humble, talented and unique person who will be dearly missed by people around the world.

“Rest in peaceand keep jammin’ that guitar.”The cause of his death has not been disclosed.


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