Jam Master Jay

mizell1January 21, 1965 – October 30, 2002

Jason Mizell – better known to the world of music as “Jam Master Jay” – was a pioneer in hip-hop as the DJ for the legendary rap group, Run-DMC. Even though Jay was most known for his work on the turntables, he was a multi-instrumentalist and played drums, keyboards and bass in the studio during the group’s recording sessions.  He was also a notable producer. Born in Hollis, Queens, a young Mizell met Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Joseph “Run” Simmons and wanted “to join the band.” He did so as their DJ and the world of mainstream hip-hop was changed forever. The group had monstrous cross-over successes in the 1980’s with albums such as Raising Hell and Tougher Than Leather. In October of 2002, Jay was working in his Queens recording studio when a man rushed in and shot and killed him in what is believed to have been a paid hit. He was 37.


Ferncliff Cemetery – Hartsdale, NY

Specific Location

Hillcrest Garden C, Plot 1120; Behind the Rosewood Mausoleum, the Hillcrest section is made up of 6 gardens, the southwestern-most garden is C, Jay is buried in the center of this garden.



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