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City of Austin to honor J.A.M.O.N., ‘Godfather of Austin house’

Staff Writer
Austin 360

On March 6, Austin’s dance music scene was dealt a devastating blow when Jamon Jaleki Horne, a house DJ who dominated local clubs, spinning under the name J.A.M.O.N., died following a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer. He was 44.

At Thursday’s City Council meeting, Mayor Steve Adler is scheduled to proclaim Oct. 19, 2017, “J.A.M.O.N., Godfather of Austin House Day.” The proclamation is scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m. Horne’s father Apostle John Horne of the Restoration Temple of Deliverance, will accept the proclamation. Validated parking is available in the City Hall garage.

Back in March, Todd Burgener, who DJs under the name Toddy B. explained Horne’s impact on the local house scene.

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“He was there with the guys who started it back in the late ’90s,” he said. “He was a record producer. He was a record buyer. He worked in the clubs as a DJ. Every club that was a hot club, Jamon worked at.”

Standing 6 feet, 7 inches tall with a deep voice and a distinctive, cosmopolitan style that reflected his other life as a hairstylist, Horne had the kind of presence that changed the vibe in a room. “People instantly would gravitate to him just to get a handshake. Just to get a hug. Just to get 5 seconds of face time with him,” Burgener said.

“House (music) is all about bringing people together and love, and he was all about that,” Horne’s youngest brother, John Wesley Horne, who goes by Wesley and raps under the name Cooley Fly, said in March.

Horne’s 45th birthday would have been Friday, Oct. 20.