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Jon A. Pinder, music promoter, dies

Jon A. Pinder, music promoter, dies

Jon A. Pinder, a convicted drug dealer who later turned his life around and became a successful Baltimore music promoter, died Aug. 4 in his sleep at his brother's Upper Marlboro home. He was 60.

"Jon was not a musician, but he knew good music when heard it," said Bobbi "Bb" Booker, a music and entertainment reporter at the Philadelphia Tribune and a close friend of 20 years. "He really had his fingers on the pulse and knew the dynamics of the Baltimore music scene, which he loved. He was a cheerleader for all of the folks he cared for."

"If you were really in music, then you knew who Pinder was. He was a big deal not just in Baltimore but...