We are sad to report to SoulTrackers that London-based urban jazz guitarist Ronny Jordan has died at age 51. Jordan was a leader in the acid jazz movement of the 90s and was a consistent force on the jazz charts for over a decade. He was also nominated for a Grammy Award in 2000 for his album, A Brighter Day.
Born Robert Lawrence Albert Simpson, the second of seven children to Jamaican parents in London, Ronny began playing guitar at age 7 and was playing in his own band by age 13. By the time he was in his 20s, he was playing professionally in jazz circles.
Jordan was influenced by the classic jazz guitar greats, but his incorporation of R&B and hip-hop, beginning with his single "After Hours," was influential in establishing acid jazz as a musical genre to be reckoned with, and a leading jazz style of the 90s.
Jordan recorded nine solo albums in the 90s and 2000s, won several international awards and was respected as one of the most influential jazz guitarists of his generation. He will be missed.
Thanks to Gary V. of Disco, Soul, Gold for letting us know about this event.