Ronny Drayton


Ronny Drayton was an acclaimed guitarist known for his versatile playing style that spanned genres such as rock, funk, jazz and R&B. Born in 1953 Drayton’s career took off in the 1970’s where he became a sought-after session musician that collaborated with numerous artists. Drayton was celebrated for his innovative approach to the guitar and ability to seamlessly blend different musical influences, and his legacy continues to inspire musicians and fans alike. Drayton surprisingly passed away in 2020 much too soon, losing his battle to cancer but leaving behind an immensely rich musical heritage.

Ronny’s unique playing style was an electrifying blend of technical proficiency and emotive expression which enabled him to bless the musical careers artists such as James Blood Ulmer, Edwin Birdsong, Wilson Pickett, The Chambers Brothers, Roy Ayers, Taylor Dane, Nona Hendryx, Defunkt  24/7 Spyz and many more.

Those of us who are part of this vibrant and important music scene, who were lucky enough to call him a friend and brother will gather this evening August 27th to pay him a much-deserved musical tribute. The concert featuring Living Colour, 24/7 Spyz, Bernard Fowler (of The Rolling Stones), Burnt Sugar and more, will also be a benefit with 100% proceeds of ticket sales going to Ronny’s family.

Per New York City’s guidance, Sony Hall is requiring all guests, staff & musicians ages 12+ to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter. Children ages 5 to 11 must have received at least one dose.

Proof of vaccination may include your physical CDC card, photo of your CDC card, NYC Covid Safe App, or the NYS Excelsior Pass.

In addition to the vaccination policy, New York City continues to encourage masks for all indoor gatherings, except while you are actively eating and drinking.