Maxi Jazz, lead singer of electronic band Faithless, has died aged 65.
he is a songwriter and DJ, real name Maxwell Fraser, was a core member of the dance group with Rollo and Sister Bliss – and together have released a number of hits including Insomnia, God is a DJ and We Come 1 .
A statement shared on the singer’s Instagram said: “We are heartbroken to say that Maxi Jazz passed away peacefully at his home in South London last night.
“He was someone who changed our lives in so many ways. He gave the right meaning and message to our music.
“He was also a lovely human being, always making time for people, and whose wisdom was both profound and approachable. It was an honor and of course a pleasure to work with him.
“He is a brilliant lyricist, a DJ, a Buddhist, a splendid stage, a car lover, a non-stop talker, a beauty, a moral compass and a genius.
“Rollo, Sister Bliss & The E-Type Boys.”
Faithless was formed in 1995 and has produced seven studio albums, with the most recent release being All Bless 2020.
They have also released several compilation albums and have topped some of the biggest festivals in the world, including on Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage in 2002.
The group was nominated for a Brit Award for Best British Dance in 1999 and 2002.
Born in Brixton, Jazz also heads a band of musicians called Maxi Jazz & The E-Type Boys and releases music with the group Soul Food Cafe.
He’s also had a successful solo career and collaborated with music stars including Robbie Williams on 1 Giant Leap’s song My Culture.
Sister Bliss paid tribute to her band member on Twitter by sharing a black and white photo of him and writing: “Maxi Jazz 1957 – 2022. We are heartbroken to share that Maxi passed away peacefully in his sleep last night.
“Sending love to all of you who shared our musical journey. Take care of each other you hear.
Reggae band UB40 also remember Jazz as a “cute guy” as they recalled touring with him in 2017 with his band Maxi Jazz & The E-Type Boys.
Radio DJ MistaJam, whose real name is Peter Dalton, recalls meeting Jazz and feeling as though he was “the kindest man with such a temperament”.
He added in his tribute on Twitter: “His words and performance touched so many of us and he will be greatly missed. Love @thesisterbliss and the whole family @faithless. Rest in peace in Power Maxi Jazz!”
DJ David Pearce also reflects on how Faithless has been an “iconic force in UK dance music since the mid-90s and has touched so many lives” but throughout their rise to fame. , he feels Jazz is still a “warm, cool, friendly soul”, calling him “the poet of dance music”.
Jazz is also a lifelong supporter of Crystal Palace FC and was appointed deputy director of the football club in 2012.
The club’s official Twitter account has described Jazz as a “legendary musician” and said the team will perform the song Faithless on Gifts Day in memory.
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