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Junior Vasquez

Cobalt

Photographs by: Dylan Comstock
Published edition date: 04/06/2012
Event date: Saturday, March 24, 2012
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Junior's Return

Legendary gay New York DJ Junior Vasquez is happy to return to D.C., where clubgoers ''get it''

The legendary gay DJ helped put Whitney Houston on the dance floor, so to speak, creating signature remixes for many of her hits and helping assemble the popular remixed CD from 2000's Whitney: The Greatest Hits volume. Turns out, Vasquez had been reflecting on his legacy long before Houston's death last month. In addition to requests to appear in documentaries about dance music, Vasquez is also gearing up to write a memoir about his clubbing history, relating how he became New York's most famous dance music pioneer and the key influence on gay DJs still to this day after a shy start in the Pennsylvania Dutch country, where he was born Donald Mattern. Vasquez says the book will take the form of a coffee table book, complete with club photos, pop-up pages and audio clips.

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