Born: Sept 28, 1957
Kingston | Jamaica
More influential through his live performances than his recordings, Brigadier Jerry (born Robert Russell) was one of Jamaica’s top DJs at the dawn of the dancehall era. A brilliant lyrical improviser, ‘Briggy’ elevated the standards for speed and fluidity in DJ chatting technique, laying the groundwork for much of what followed, along with Josey Wales and Charlie Chaplin. Despite early dancehall’s taste for slackness, Jerry’s subject matter
was almost always spiritual and cultural, though he did have a sense of humor and was an excellent battle DJ. When
U-Roy reactivated his King SturGav Hi-Fi sound system, Jerry re-joined as a regular and has since toured extensively with it around the globe, while releasing occasional singles.