Jesse Saunders

Chicago native and house music pioneer Jesse Saunders has been hospitalized after what is being called a “major stroke,” according to online reports and information from sources close to the DJ and producer.

The Chosen Few DJs, to which Saunders belongs, posted messages on all major social media platforms asking for “your prayers and support.” Saunders, they write:

has suffered a major stroke and is currently hospitalized in the Las Vegas area. Jesse will likely be facing a long and difficult rehab, and will need the love and support of the house music community to which he has given much. Please keep Jesse in your prayers. Thank you.


Jesse Saunders was the second recruit to the Chosen Few DJs, the Chicago DJ crew founded by Wayne Williams in the dawning days of house music on the South Side of Chicago. He also released “On & On,” considered by many to be the “first house music record” on vinyl. Later he wrote one of the first accounts of the origins of house music in Chicago called House Music… The Real Story.

All of our love to Jesse’s family and friends and to Jesse himself on his recovery.