Ron Affif

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Ron Affif
Birth name Ron Affif
Born (1965-12-30) 30 December 1965 (age 50)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar

Ron Affif is an American jazz guitarist (born December 30, 1965 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)[1] of mixed Lebanese and Italian origin. He is the son of boxing welterweight and middleweight fighter Charley Zivic who being a jazz fan initiated him in music.[2] His mother is Marlene, sister of renowned jazz guitarist Ron Anthony.

Affif studied with Jerry Conderata and Joe Negri before heading to the West Coast in 1983 to study under maternal uncle and musician Ron Anthony. While in Los Angeles he also took lessons from the jazz guitarist Joe Pass. He moved to New York City in late 1989, and currently lives in Brooklyn.

In the late 1990s, he recorded five albums under the Pablo record label, of which the best known is 52nd Street.[3] In 1998, he formed the Ron Affif Trio alongside fellow musicians bassist Essiet Okon Essiet and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts.[4]

Affif's style is reminiscent of Wes Montgomery and George Benson, and Benson once described Affif playing as his "favorite type of guitar player, one that plays with fire."



  • 1993: Ron Affif
  • 1994: Vierd Blues
  • 1996: 52nd Street
  • 1998: Ringside
  • 1999: Solotude
  • 2006: Ron Affif Trio


  1. ^ Kennedy, Gary (2002). "Affif, Ron(aldo Atunacci Charles)". In Barry Kernfeld. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, vol. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. pp. 17–18. ISBN 1561592846. 
  2. ^ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story on the life of Ron Affif
  3. ^ Cook, Richard (2005). Richard Cook's Jazz Encycolpedia. London: Penguin Books. pp. 4–5. ISBN 0-141-00646-3. 
  4. ^ ZincBar site: Ron Affif Trio

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