The pioneering artist, who worked with Prince, Madonna and Herbie Hancock, had been battling cancer.
The musician and producer was influential in the evolution of house and US garage, crafting deep, emotive music as both a solo and collaborative artist. He worked behind the scenes with stars like Prince, Madonna and Herbie Hancock, as well as fellow dance music acts François K, Joe Claussell and Timmy Regisford. Together with Regisford he hosted a radio show, Saturday Night Dance Party, on New York's WBLS.
Jarvis was diagnosed with cancer in 2016. Last year a fundraising party had taken place at New York nightclub Output.
Listen to Visual's "The Music Got Me," a track co-produced by Jarvis that came out in 1983 on Prelude Records.
RIP Boyd Jarvis. Boogie / Garage / House legend. https://t.co/WjtZLzFB0n— Kirk Degiorgio (@KirkDegiorgio) February 18, 2018
Sad to read that Boyd Jarvis, one the guys who made many classic proto house tunes such as Circuit “Release the... https://t.co/6EOsqKteGb— Joey Negro (@JoeyNegro) February 17, 2018
Rest in power Boyd Jarvis who helped lay the blueprint for house music https://t.co/9YLgZvlHVv— Soul Clap (@soulclap) February 17, 2018