Ronnie Mathews: December 2, 1935 - June 28, 2008


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The family of Ronnie Mathews is saddened to announce his passing on Saturday morning, June 28, 2008, in Brooklyn, NY. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer.

A memorial service will be announced for September 2008 in New York City.

Ronnie Mathews was one of the most respected jazz pianists and composers of the past 40 years who toured internationally and recorded extensively with Max Roach, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Haynes, Dexter Gordon, Louis Hayes, and Woody Shaw. He had long associations with the tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, drummer T. S. Monk, and trumpeter Roy Hargrove.

Mathews is survived by his daughter Salima, his granddaughters Nala and Parisa, and his step children Leslie and Brently.

Donations in memory of Ronnie Mathews may be sent to the Jazz Foundation of America.

For condolences, please contact:
Salima Millott
191 St Nicholas Ave
Apartment 7E
New York, NY 10026

The family of Ronnie Mathews would like to thank the musicians who performed and friends who attended the tribute to Ronnie last Monday at Sweet Rhythm in New York City. It was a great night and a memorable tribute.

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