HARRISON Ridley Jr. was perhaps the city’s leading authority on jazz. But he never used the term.
He would say “this music referred to as jazz,” or simply, “the positive music.”
But if anyone knew more about this kind of music, whatever you want to call it, they haven’t stepped forward. As the 32-year host of “The Historical Approach to the Positive Music” program, Sundays from 8 p.m. to midnight on WRTI (90.1 FM), Harrison was sought after by local colleges, libraries and others to talk about the legends of the music.
He was known for his favorite expression, “Yes indeedy,” when he liked a piece that he had played. In his honor, baritone saxophonist and flutist Denis DiBlasio recorded a CD that included the piece, “Yes In Deedy.”