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Written by on May 23, 2022

Bernard Wright, a legendary funk, soul and jazz musician has reportedly died at age 58. Wrights’ music has been sampled by numerous Hip Hop artists over the years, including 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and LL COOL J.

Wright’s legacy extends beyond jazz, soul, and funk. Wright’s final solo album, Brand New Gospel Format, arrived in 1993. Prior to that, he released two other R&B albums — Fresh Hymns and Fresh Hymns II — in the ’90s before moving to Texas and becoming a jazz and R&B session musician for Miles Davis, Marcus Miller, and Cameo.

the guitarist and former Jamaica Boys bandleader Billy “Spaceman” Patterson confirmed he passed away on Thursday May 19, his cause of death has not been disclosed.


“On behalf of the family of Bernard Wright (Nard), we are saddened to announce that yesterday Bernard has been called home to the most high,” Patterson wrote. “Many thanks for everyone’s support, encouragement, and prayers for Nard throughout the years. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. Our hearts are heavy, and our faith is strong. To be absent from the body is to be present with The Lord! LOVE! Rest In Power, Nard.”


My condolences to all of Wright’s family and friends.

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