“Sir Coxone Memoral Tribute” July 13, 2004 – NY

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Donovan Gopie / 212-331-3912

You are invited to attend a special Memorial Tribute to Clement Dodd, “Sir Coxson” as he was popularly called, in celebrations his life and the exceptional contributions he made to the development and growth of the distinctive genres of Jamaican music for over four decade. From Ska, Rock Steady to Reggae as the seminal producer and mentor to world famed Jamaican singers, including Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Marcia Griffiths, musicians as the renown jazz pianist Monty Alexander and the inimitable Ska band, The Skatalites.


The family of Clement “Sir Coxson” Dodd extends a special

invitation to all our international friends and associates.

Clement “Sir Coxson” Dodd O.D.


Tuesday July 13th, 2004


Hanson Place Central United Methodist Church

144 St. Felix Street

Brooklyn, New York

(Opposite the Atlantic Avenue Terminal, adjacent to the Williamsburg Savings Bank)

7:00 pm to 10:p.m.

Tributes and a special tribute performance will be given by world famed Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander and guitarist Ernest Ranglin … performing in Brooklyn for the first time together.



January 26, 1932 – May 4, 2004

Clement “Sir Coxsone” Dodd, (O.D.) Order of Distinction, was the preeminent Jamaican music producer and the force behind “Studio One” recording studio was globally regarded as the most venerated of all Jamaican music producers. A revered producer and mentor to many now world famed Jamaican performers and musicians, Clement Dodd, known to all affectionately as “Sir Coxsone, was a standard bearer of the unique and now globally popular genres of Jamaican music as Ska, Rock-Steady and the popular Reggae music. Clement Dodd laid roots with his family in New York where he traveled back and forth for over 25 years. His transition and seminal work has been acknowledged internationally, by several articles in the New York Times, Time Magazine, The Village Voice and was one of the first West Indians to be acknowledged in the respected British publication, The Economist. The span of his global recognition is irrefutable.

Sir Coxsone was a humble genius, a Maroon in life and spirit. Like his ancestors he liberated cultural divide through his magnanimous and selfless work ethic. During his seventy- two years he devoutly contributed to his nation’s musical innovations and gave the world a permanent musical legacy of cultural innovations.

His contribution to the development and growth of Jamaican music is legendary. Coxsone’s dedication and enthusiasm in producing Jamaican music and performers dates from the mid-fifties until his untimely passing in Jamaica, while on a visit to Kingston to attend a ceremony of the re-naming of a street in honor of his legendary recording music studio, now re -named, “Studio-One Boulevard.” Coxsone spawned and nurtured some of the most notable innovations in sound systems with his own famed, Sir Coxsone’s Downbeat sound system, creating unique musical styles that attracted the most revelers and produced Jamaica’s most well known artistes and musicians, as the legendary group; The Wailers (Bob Marley, Peter Tosh & Bunny Livingston), Burning Spear, Skatalites, Jackie Mittoo, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Monty Alexander, Marcia Griffiths, Alton Ellis to name but a few. In historical acclaim and acknowledgement the world reflects and pay homage to this remarkable Jamaican genus and for his remarkable achievements.

The Dodd’s humbly extends its heartfelt appreciations and gratitude to all who gave them comforting support in the untimely departure of our loved one in Jamaica.

Donations in his memory will be accepted on behalf of the Alpha Boys School of Music in Jamaica.

For further information please contact: Carol Dodd 718-277-4166, Maxine Stowe 718-291-7058 or Pastor Patrick Perrin 718-783-0908