Ron Affif

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Ron Affif
Birth nameRonaldo Antunacci Charles Affif
Born (1965-12-30) 30 December 1965 (age 53)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Years active1984–present

Ronaldo Antunacci Charles Affif (December 30, 1965), known professionally as Ron Affif, is an American jazz guitarist of Lebanese and Italian origin. He is the son of boxer Charley Zivic, who was a jazz fan and encouraged his son.[1]


Born Ronaldo Antunacci Charles Affif in Pittsburgh, he is mostly self-taught.[2] At twelve, he took lessons from his uncle, guitarist Ron Anthony. In 1984, after graduating from high school, he moved to Los Angeles, where he worked with Dick Berk, Pete Christlieb, Dave Pike, and Jack Sheldon. He moved to New York City two years later.[3]

He led his own band, which has included Colin Bailey, Brian O'Rourke, Andy Simpkins, and Sherman Ferguson. In the 1990s, formed a trio with Essiet Essiet and Jeff "Tain" Watts in New York City. He has worked with Michael Carvin, David Kikoski, Ralph Lalama, and Leon Parker.[2]


As leader[edit]

  • Ron Affif (Pablo, 1993)
  • Vierd Blues (Pablo, 1993)
  • 52nd Street (Pablo, 1996)
  • Ringside (Pablo, 1997)
  • Solotude (Pablo, 1999)[4]

As sideman[edit]

  • 1998 Always, Jonny Abeles
  • 1998 Post No Bills, Joe Ascione
  • 2001 Get Up Close, Eldad Tarmu
  • 2001 Love Came: The Songs of Strayhorn, Allan Harris
  • 2003 The Temple of Beautiful, Miri Ben-Ari
  • 2003 Traveler, Steve Hass
  • 2005 Nightingale, Deborah Lippman
  • 2005 The Small Hours, Andrea Wolper
  • 2007 Intimate Sacrifice, Ivette Dumeng
  • 2007 Zingaro, Alexis Cole
  • 2011 A New Kiss, David Budway
  • 2015 Brand New Day, Donna Lewis
  • 2015 Love Misery, Michelle Walker
  • 2015 The First Time… Nicholas Rodriguez (PS Classics)
  • 2016 Do Right, Sari Kessler
  • 2016 Very Early, Audrey Silver[5]


  1. ^ King, Peter B. (17 June 1999). "Jazz with a Punch". Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b Kennedy, Gary (2002). Kernfeld, Barry, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries. p. 17. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.
  3. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Ron Affif". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Ron Affif | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Ron Affif | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 August 2017.

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