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DJ Jazzy Jeff Net Worth, Biography & Wiki in 2017

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DJ Jazzy Jeff net worth:
$8.5 Million

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DJ Jazzy Jeff Net Worth, Wiki & Biography in 2017

Jeffrey Allen Townes was born on 22 January 1965, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA. As DJ Jazzy Jeff, he is an R&B and hip hop disc jockey, record producer and actor who is probably still best known for his early career association with Will Smith as DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

So just how rich is DJ Jazzy Jeff? Authoritative sources estimate that the net worth of Jazz is over $8.5 million, as of mid-2016, accumulated in the entertainment industry during a career now spanning over 30 years.

DJ Jazzy Jeff Net Worth $8.5 Million

From the age of seven, Jeff had a paper route to help support his family,  even before he attended the Philadelphia School of John Bartram High School. In his teens he quickly went on to become the school, and popular block party DJ for his neighborhood, so that his name has been enshrined on the school’s ‘Wall of Fame’.

His career kicked off when he adopted his stage name, and in the early part of his career, he won the World Championship of DJ  in 1986 – Music Seminar DJ Battle. Then with Will Smith, they gained the reputation of being ‘the world’s greatest hip-hop duo’ as DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. In 1989 they won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance for “Parents Just Don’t Understand”, actually the culmination of  several years of gold and platinum-selling albums and singles in the late 1980s, and continuing into the early 1990s. When Smith was cast as the lead in the  TV sitcom, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, in 1990, DJ also appeared regularly in the show as a character named Jazz, which certainly helped his popularity to grow to a wider audience, as well as his net worth.

Jazz went on with his career as a DJ, and also founded A Touch of Jazz production company, become a record producer concentrating on soul and R&B. Along the way, Jazzy Jeff was involved in developing many artists, of whom  Eminem, Jewel, Darius Rucker, Jill Scott, Talib Kweli, Rhymefest, The Roots and Musiq Soulchild are just a few.

Jeff is considered to be one among the richest DJs in the world today. After DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince broke up, DJ Jazzy Jeff performed with Smith at the Live 8 concert in Philadelphia on 2 July 2005, and in 2008 at the premier of Smith’s film “Hancock”. In 2013, they performed together on “The Graham Norton Show”, indicating their strong attachment to each other

In 2007, Jazz released “The Return of the Magnificent”, featuring collaborations with new school as well as old school artists including Peedi Peedi, Pos from De La Soul, CL Smooth, Big Daddy Kane and  Method Man. The same year, Vinyl Destination was released by DJ Jazzy Jeff,  a documentary web series of his more than a hundred DJ shows that he’s conducted around the world.

In his personal life, DJ Jazzy Jeff has been married to Lynette Jackson since 2010, and they currently reside in Wilmington, Delaware.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015TV SeriesJazzy Jeff
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air1990-1996TV SeriesJazz D.J. Jazzy Jeff
Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection1991Video as D.J. Jazzy Jeff

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Who's Doing the Dishes?2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Fresh Dressed2015Documentary writer: "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"
Annie2014writer: "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" - as Jeffrey Townes
Today at Wimbledon2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
Tu cara me suena2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Daily Ukulele2013TV Series short writer - 1 episode
In West Philadelphia, Corn and Braised2010Video short writer: "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" - uncredited
Rude Tube2010TV Series performer - 1 episode
Parks and Recreation2009TV Series writer - 1 episode
Welcome to the 80's2009TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The Wackness2008performer: "Summertime'
Entourage2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
SingStar Rocks!2006Video Game performer: "Summertime" - as D.J. Jazzy Jeff / writer: "Summertime"
The Cookout2004performer: "Summertime"
Jersey Girl2004performer: "Parents Just Don't Understand" - as DJ Jazzy Jeff / writer: "Parents Just Don't Understand" - as Jeffrey Townes
Malibu's Most Wanted2003performer: "Parents Just Don't Understand" - as Jazzy Jeff / writer: "Parents Just Don't Understand" - as J. Townes
The Parent Trap1998writer: "Parents Just Don't Understand" - as Jeff Townes
Ride1998as J. Towns, "Brand New Funk"
Bug Juice1998TV Series writer - 1 episode
Strange Days1995performer: "Lost in the Night" - as Jazzy Jeff / writer: "Lost in the Night" - as Townes
Beavis and Butt-Head1994TV Series performer - 1 episode
Made in America1993performer: "Dance or Die" - as DJ Jazzy Jeff / producer: "Dance or Die" - as Jeff Townes / writer: "Dance or Die" - as Jeff Townes
Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style1992TV Movie performer: "Summertime" - uncredited / writer: "Summertime" - uncredited
Dr. Demento 20th Anniversary Collection1991Video writer: "Girls Ain't Nothin But Trouble" - as Townes
Boyz n the Hood1991producer: "Work It Out" - as Jazzy Jeff / writer: "Work It Out" - as Jazzy Jeff
Deep Deep Trouble1991TV Movie producer: "Deep Deep Trouble" / writer: "Deep Deep Trouble"
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air1990TV Series writer - 1 episode
In the Heat of the NightTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1989 writer - 1 episode, 1989
License to Drive1988performer: "JAZZY'S IN THE HOUSE" - as DJ Jazzy Jeff / writer: "JAZZY'S IN THE HOUSE" - as DJ Jazzy Jeff

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
DeRay Davis: Power Play2010TV Special documentary special appearance by

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Scratch2001Documentary special thanks - as Jazzy Jeff

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Phila.SophicalDocumentary post-productionHimself (as Jeffrey A. Townes)
As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM2015DocumentaryHimself (as Jeffrey A. Townes)
The Queen Latifah Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Graham Norton Show2013TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009-2013TV SeriesHimself
Sample: Not for Sale2012DocumentaryHimself - Interviewee (as Jeffrey A. Townes)
Philly's 4th of July Jam2011TV SpecialHimself (as Jeffrey A. Townes)
Aries Spears: Hollywood, Look I'm Smiling2011Himself
Downtown Calling2009DocumentaryHimself
6th Annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors2009TV MovieHimself
Xposé2008TV SeriesHimself
2nd Annual VH1 Hip-Hop Honors2005TV MovieHimself (as Jazzy Jeff)
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway2005TV SeriesHimself
Back to Bel-Air: A Fresh Look2005Video shortHimself
Black in the 80s2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
I Love the '90s: Part Deux2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Philly Boy: A Movie About M.C. Breeze2002Himself
2001 Lady of Soul Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Presenter (as DJ Jazzy Jeff Townes)
Headliners & Legends: Will Smith2001TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Jeffrey A. Townes)
I Love 1980's2001TV Series documentary
Brit Awards 20002000TV SpecialHimself - Performer
The Will Smith Music Video Collection1999Video documentaryHimself (segment "So Fresh")
Ultra Sound1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Essence Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
The American Music Awards 20th Anniversary Special1993TV SpecialHimself - Performer (as Jeffrey A. Townes)
Encantada de la vida1993TV SeriesHimself
NBA All-Star Stay in School Jam1992TV MovieHimself (as Jeffrey A. Townes)
The 34th Annual Grammy Awards1992TV SpecialHimself (as Jeffrey A. Townes)
The 19th Annual American Music Awards1992TV SpecialHimself
MTV Video Music Awards 19911991TV SpecialHimself (as Jeffrey A. Townes)
Soul Train1991TV Series documentaryHimself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1989-1991TV SeriesHimself
Night of 100 Stars III1990TV MovieHimself (as D.J. Jazzy Jeff)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1990TV SeriesHimself / DJ Jazzy Jeff
Showtime at the Apollo1989TV SeriesHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHimself
The 16th Annual American Music Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Performer (as D.J. Jazzy Jeff)
21st NAACP Image Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Performer (as Jeffrey A. Townes)
An All Star Celebration: Vote '881988TV MovieHimself
Yo! MTV Raps1988TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Peter Andre's 90 Party Hits of the 90s2014TV MovieHimself (as DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince)
The Graham Norton Show2013TV SeriesDJ Jazzy Jeff
A polos 252010TV SeriesJazz
Video on Trial2007TV SeriesHimself
And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (as Jeffrey A. Townes)
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air1990TV SeriesJazz

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1994ASCAP AwardASCAP Film and Television Music AwardsTop TV SeriesThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)
1992GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Rap Performance by a Duo or Group· Will Smith
1988GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Rap Performance· Will Smith

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1991GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Rap Performance by a Duo or Group· Will Smith
1990GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Rap Performance by a Duo or Group· Will Smith
1989Kids' Choice AwardKids' Choice Awards, USAFavorite Song· Will Smith (artist)
1989Kids' Choice AwardKids' Choice Awards, USAFavorite Male Singer/Group· Will Smith


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#Fact
1First hip-hop artist (along with Will Smith) to win the first best rap performance Grammy for "Parents Just Don't Understand" (1988).
2Legendary Philadelphia hip-hop DJ and serious turntablist who has won DJ competitions such as the New Music Seminar's 1986 DJ Battle For World Supremacy. Although he never competed in the DMC World Championship competitions, he is in the DMC hall of fame for contributions to the world of hip-hop and DJing.
3Was the part of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince together with Will Smith, with whom he won two Grammy awards.


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