Go-Go Legend Byron Jackson Dead at 52

Byron “BJ” Jackson, a prominent member of D.C.’s go-go music community, died this month at the age of 52.

Jackson succumbed to his battle with cancer on Sept. 4, his friends and family said.

Born in Washington, D.C., the musically gifted Jackson attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Northwest.

Donnell Floyd, former high school classmate and friend, said the loss is tough, but he along with others are looking forward to celebrating Jackson’s life.

“People like BJ, only God can do that, only God can give you that kind of gift,” Floyd told WUSA-TV (Channel 9). “I’ve known him since we were little kids in Maryland. He lived in Largo, and grew up in Landover. We were putting together an R&B band and he was extremely easygoing, non-combative and non-confrontational.

“He was a brilliant musician and multi-talented,” Floyd said.

In his 30-year career, Jackson played with Rare Essence, Team Familiar, Lalah Hathaway, Meshell Ndegeocello, Maxwell, Arrested Development, Ledisi, Rahsaan Patterson, Rachelle Ferrell and other well-known artists.

“He was unbelievable in all aspects,” Floyd said. “He had a great smile, never passed anybody without shaking their hand. He was very rare, very rare.”

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Sarafina Wright is a staff writer at the Washington Informer where she covers business, community events, education, health and politics. She also serves as the editor-in-chief of the WI Bridge, the Informer’s millennial publication. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, she attended Howard University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. A proud southern girl, her lineage can be traced to the Gullah people inhabiting the low-country of South Carolina. The history of the Gullah people and the Geechee Dialect can be found on the top floor of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. In her spare time she enjoys watching either college football or the Food Channel and experimenting with make-up. When she’s not writing professionally she can be found blogging at www.sarafinasaid.com. E-mail: Swright@washingtoninformer.com Social Media Handles: Twitter: @dreamersexpress, Instagram: @Sarafinasaid, Snapchat: @Sarafinasaid

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