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Originally posted on 2009-02-23 10:03:31

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 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 died this past Thursday of complications from a stroke. He was 70 and lived 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.

Originally posted on 2009-02-23 10:03:31

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