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Monday, June 23, 2008

Ronnie Matthews - on the outro

Pianist Ronnie Matthews, of Bajan descent, has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer.
One of the most highly respected and admired jazz musicians, Matthews was a journeyman who managedto stay just under the radar of celebrity. He performed here in Kingston in the 1980s atthe legendary Blue Monk, and is also known for his time in the jazz-funk out fit TS Monk, led by TS Monk Jr. (they hada hit in the 80s with a track called The Good Life)

An umber of his musical friends, including Gary Bartz, Roni Ben-Hur, Ray Bryant, Dwayne Burno, George Coleman, Charles Davis, Akua Dixon, Kathy Farmer, Sonny Fortune, Lucy Galligher, Louis Hayes and Jimmy Heath will be gathering at NYC's Sweet Rhythm club to celebrate him.

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