Ronny Jordan

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Ronny Jordan
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Background information
Birth name Robert Lawrence Albert Simpson
Born (1962-11-29)29 November 1962
London, England
Died 13 January 2014(2014-01-13) (aged 51)
Genres Jazz, acid jazz, smooth jazz
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician, artist, activist
Instruments guitar
Years active 1992–2014[clarification needed]
Labels 4th & Broadway, Island Records

Robert Lawrence Albert Simpson, known as Ronny Jordan (29 November 1962 – 13 January 2014)[1] was a British guitarist and part of the acid jazz movement at the end of the twentieth century.[2] Jordan described his music as "urban jazz," a blend of jazz, hip-hop, and R&B.[3]


He came to prominence after being featured on Guru's Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1, released in 1993. He was also one of the artists whose recordings are featured on Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool—a compilation album released in 1994 to benefit the Red Hot Organization.

Following 1992's The Antidote,[2] recordings from Jordan have featured on the Billboard charts. He was also the recipient of The MOBO Best Jazz Act Award and the Gibson Guitar Best Jazz Guitarist Award. His 2000 release, A Brighter Day, was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album.

Jordan's song "The Jackal" (from his 1993 album The Quiet Revolution) gained prominence when actress Allison Janney in the role of C. J. Cregg lip-synched it in the episode "Six Meetings Before Lunch" of The West Wing. She also did so on Arsenio Hall's show in September, 2013.

Jordan died on January 13, 2014.[1]


Solo albums[edit]

  • The Antidote (1992)
  • The Quiet Revolution (1993)
  • Light to Dark (1996)
  • A Brighter Day (2000)
  • Off the Record (2001)
  • At Last (2003)
  • After 8 (2004)
  • The Rough and the Smooth (2009)
  • Straight-Up Street (2012)[4]

Solo singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album


1992 "So What!" 32 38 The Antidote
"Get To Grips"
"After Hours" (US promo only) 51
1993 "Under Your Spell" 72 The Quiet Revolution
1994 "Tinsel Town" 64
"Come With Me" 63
1996 "The Law EP" Light To Dark
"It's You" (US promo only)
2000 "A Brighter Day" (US only) 20 A Brighter Day
2001 "London Lowdown" (US promo only)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.


  • Guru's Jazzmatazz, Vol. 1 (1993)
  • Bad Brothers Remix EP with DJ Krush (1994)
  • Ronny Jordan Collection (2002)
  • Huge in Japan / "The Sound of my people" / Dario Boente & Huge in Japan Feat. Ronny Jordan (2006)


  1. ^ a b Fordham, John (22 January 2014). "Ronny Jordan obituary". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Ankeny, Jason. "Ronny Jordan: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-04-09. 
  3. ^ Reece, Douglas (June 29, 1996). "Island's Ronny Jordan Sheds Some 'Light' On His Acid Jazz". Billboard. BPI Communications, Inc.: 20, 25. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved November 21, 2012. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Ronny Jordan - UK Chart". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Ronny Jordan - French chart". Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ronny Jordan - US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Ronny Jordan - US Hot Rap Songs". Retrieved 14 October 2015. 

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