30 December 1965, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. A fluent hard bop guitarist influenced by George Benson and Joe Pass, Affif attracted critical praise in the mid-90s with several excellent albums for the Pablo label. As a teenager Affif was taught by his uncle Ron Anthony, a guitarist with experience of playing with George Shearing and Frank Sinatra. After relocating to Los Angeles in the mid-80s, Affif played with Jack Sheldon, Pete Christlieb and Dave Pike and recorded as part of a quartet for the R.A. label in 1987. A move to New York brought Affif to the attention of Pass producer Eric Miller, who signed him to Pablo. His self-titled 1992 debut set concentrated on swinging renditions of traditional material, with strong backing from bass player Essiet Essiet and drummer Colin Bailey. By 1995s 52nd Street Affif was receiving plaudits from critics and fellow guitar players, including Benson and the late Pass. His 1997 trio set featured several strong Affif originals, and was recorded live over three days in front of invitation-only crowds at Fantasy Records Studio A.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.