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Ron Affif

Pablo Recording Artist and New York City Jazz Star

Ron Affif is a bop guitarist who has released 5 acclaimed CDs on the Pablo label, has toured internationally and who is one of the top players in the New York City Jazz scene.  Affif's style is influenced by Joe Pass (with whom he studied), Wes Montgomery and George Benson.  Benson once described Affif as his "favorite type of guitar player, one that plays with fire."  Affif has been a regular at New York’s Zinc Bar since 1994, where he perform in a trio with bassist Essiet Okon  and fellow Pittsburgher drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts. A highlight of his career was a performance at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis.  He opened for Benson on a tour of Frnace and did his own headline tours of Russia and Slovakia in 2003 and Turkey in 2004.  Affif has worked with everybody from Al Martino to Roger Williams.  His releases on the Pablo label include “Ron Affif” (1993), Vierd Blues (1993), 52nd Street (1996), Ringside (1997), and Solotude (1999). He released Valihora Griglak on Hevhetia Records in 2006.

 “Ron Affif plays some of the most beautiful solo guitar you will ever hear…. If the world has not yet picked up on Affif's ability as a first-rate guitarist, this should do the trick, for the young at heart and the lover in all of us. Highly recommended” –Review of the Solitude CD by Michael G. Nastos  Allmusic

Ron Affif was born on December 30, 1965 in Pittsburgh and where he grew up in the Banksville section of the city,   He was born into a jazz family.  His mother Marlene is the sister of renowned jazz guitarist Ron Anthony.  His father’s younger brother Tony Mowod was the music director and a host of Pittsburgh’s jazz radio station WDUQ.  His father Charley Zivic, a welterweight and middleweight boxer loved jazz and was a close friend of Miles Davis.  Charley had a large collection of jazz records that Ron and his brother Mark listened to.

Mark, his older brother took up the guitar first and Ron started playing too. His uncle, Ron Anthony, who worked with George Shearing and Frank Sinatra, on a visit to Pittsburgh gave Ron his first guitar lesson when he was 12.  Uncle Ron visited once a year and would advise his nephew on what he needed to study and who to study with.  Affif studied with Jerry Conderate and Joe Negri.  Starting in high school Affif began performing jazz with pianist Dave Budway, bassist Dave Pellow, and guitarist Eric Susoeff.

Duquense University offered Affif a music scholarship, but Affif turned it down to work professionally. At 18 he moved to Los Angeles in 1984 where his Uncle Ron Anthony offered get him gigs.  Subbing for his uncle, ay gigs his uncle could not make, Affif performef with Dick Berk, Dave Pike, Pete Christlieb, and Jack Sheldon.  While in Los Angeles, Affif studied guitar with legendary jazz guitarist Joe Pass.  Affif made his first recording on the R.A. Records label in 1987 as a member of a quartet.  Affif moved to New York City in late 1989 where he has worked mostly as a leader.