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OH NO: Legendary DJ Dies/Was also a Janitor??

HARRISON Ridley Jr. was perhaps the city’s leading authority on jazz. But he never used the term.

RidleyHe would say “this music referred to as ,” 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 died this past Thursday of complications from a . He was 70 and in West Philadelphia.

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.”

Harrison Ridley Jr., authority on jazz | Philadelphia Daily News | 02/23/2009.

CEO of RF Focus, Radio and Music Industry Veteran. Radio DJ, Programmer, Musician and Voice Talent. Graduated from Performing Arts in Buffalo, N.Y. and worked at the legendary KKBT (92.3 The Beat) during its nationwide heyday in the early 90s. Also worked for Stevie Wonder at KJLH.