Born: July 15, 1953 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Singer Ron Kaplan keeps the flame burning brightly to illuminate jazz standards, the Great American Songbook and the classic sound of singers of the Fifties. The epitome of a saloon singer, Kaplan has a rich, warm voice that literally cocoons the listener within the cozy atmosphere of images it creates.
“Ron Kaplan is an original personality in the world of jazz vocalists and he has managed to put his name into that previously closed inner circle. He has breathed new life into it by the sheer force of his style, for as you know, “the style is the man himself”. The Velvet Crooner and the elegant power of his seemingly casual phrasing is in fact, ultra-tight and perfectly seductive… Jean Szlamowicz, Jazz Hot”
In addition to his career as a concert performer and recording artist, Kaplan also is the founder and executive director of American Songbook Preservation Society, a non-profit organization whose mission statement is: To preserve our cultural treasure known as the Great American Songbook by performing this music to the public at home and abroad as Ambassadors of Song.”
Dear Friends and Music Lovers! As some of you may know, I am a singer and a great fan of America’s Classical music...Jazz and the Great American Songbook, known and loved around the world.
Will you help me to endow a Foundation dedicated to continuing this legacy for future generations?
Our Mission: To preserve our cultural treasure known as the Great American Songbook by presenting this music to the public at home and abroad as Ambassadors of Song. Our purpose is to build an Organization to stand the test of time and continue this body of work for the next 100 years and beyond for public benefit.
“In a hundred to a hundred and fifty years from now, I believe that people will recognize the music of Gershwin and Ellington as the classical music of our time.” Tony Bennett
You can help me achieve this mission with your generous donation! We are looking for Donors who believe in this American Cultural Legacy and want their name or business associated with the American Songbook Preservation Society Foundation as we fulfill our mission.
Our Goal is $25 million, which will underwrite our Foundation in perpetuity. We are asking that concerned individuals help us make this happen with their support.
The American Songbook Preservation Society is a California Charitable Corporation, exempt from taxation under section 501 (C) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code. As such, your donations are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law Tax ID #56-241033
Please mail your donation to American Songbook Preservation Society 9051-A Soquel Drive, Aptos, California 95003 Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (831) 687-0278.
Thank you for your support! Ronald Kaplan, Executive Director www.GreatAmericanSongbook.org
What is the Great American Songbook, also known as the “Popular Standards”?
It is largely composed of songs written between 1920 and 1960 from the Tin Pan Alley era through the Broadway stages and sets of Hollywood musicals. This era represented a unique period in the history of American popular music.
It was a period that saw the advent of a new type of songwriting,utterly original in some respects, but grounded in the simple structureof the Tin Pan Alley era that preceded it, and strongly influenced by the musical form known as Jazz (and by the precursors of Jazz: Ragtime and Blues).
The Great American Songbook is a distinct body of works, which collectively represent one of America’s true cultural treasures, and exemplify popular songwriting at its best, with vivid, literate lyrics set to haunting elusive harmonies and gorgeous melodies that have come to hold an exalted place in American culture and around the world.
Of the American Songbook Popular Standards, most were written for specific spots in shows, films, specialty acts, or revues.They were the product of professional songwriters and lyricists working at their craft. In the hands of a capable singer like Ella Fitzgerald or Frank Sinatra, the Standards serve as a sort of musical thesaurus of the spectrum of human emotions. Maybe that’s the reason these songs and this body of work continue to engender such a deep response to this day.
The purpose of the American Songbook Preservation Society is to keep these songs in the public consciousness, by performing them in venues around the country and around the world with the highest musical integrity and interpretation from a cast of highly capable Singers and Musicians as Ambassadors of American Song.
Future Projects: include archiving and organizing historical documentation about the composers and lyricists, the personalities, and their works, as an educational resource for future generations for use in the classroom and the university. In addition, we will record and develop new material for presentation to the public as representative of this body of work. Finally, we will work on a permanent display using modern technology to bring the Great American Songbook and it’s inhabitants to life.
Some of the Great American Songbook Composers and Lyricists
Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington • Billy Strayhorn • Ted Koehler • James Van Huesen • Jules Styne • Rodgers and Hammerstein • Lerner and Loewe • Meredith Wilson and Frank Loesser • Harold Arlen • Irving Berlin • Lew Brown • Johnny Burke •Irving Caeser • Sammy Cahn • Hoagy Carmichael • B.G. DeSylva • Howard Dietz • Walter Donaldson • Al Dubin • Vernon Duke • Dorothy Fields • George Gershwin • Ira Gershwin • Mack Gordon • Johnny Green •Oscar Hammerstein II• Otto Harbach • E.Y. Harburg • Johnny Mercer • Ray Noble • Mitchell Parish • Cole Porter •Ralph Rainger • Andy Razaf • Leo Robin • Richard Rodgers • Harry Ruby •Arthur Schwartz • Mac Gordon • Lorenz Hart • Ray Henderson • Jerome Kern • Burton Lane • Frank Loesser • Jimmy McHugh • Gus Kahn • Bert Kalmar • Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller • Harry Warren • Richard Whiting • Spenser Williams • Victor Young • Vincent Youmans • Irving Mills, and many others.
American Songbook Preservation Society... Singing the Great American Songbook
Ronald S. Kaplan has spent most of his time as a singer pursuing his musical talent in the San Francisco area.
It has never been easy for an independent performer to get the World to take notice of their creative work and keep them motivated in this situation.
Mr. Kaplan has had to assume the difficulty of creating his own independent record company to document his work. Along with this, he has taken on many roles; as the performing artist, producer, marketing and promotion, and the booking agent.
In addition to this, he has created another undertaking for his engaging life and love for the Composers and Music of what has become known as The Great American Songbook. This has led to his creation of American Songbook Preservation Society.
The Mission is to Preserve our musical cultural treasure known as the Great American Songbook, by presenting this music to the public at home and abroad as Ambassadors of Song.
This recording, Singing the Great American Songbook is the production from a benefit concert given by Ron Kaplan at Kuumbwa jazz Center on January 25, 2007. Assisting him in this concert were stellar players Marshall Otwell-piano and Stan Poplin-bass.
The recording consists of a 14 track program selecting interesting choices of tunes for the album. The program of tunes consists of familiar but not overdone standards such as: two tunes from the Duke Ellington book, Drop Me Off In Harlem and Solitude, Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer's Out Of This World, Cole Porter's I get A Kick Out Of You, and George & Ira Gershwin's Love Is Here To Stay.
Ron Kaplan has a gentle, swinging, sense of phrasing and reads the lyrics like they were written.
This concert and album renews your faith in the strength of the great material performed by three Superlative Musicians. It is an outstanding contribution to the wonderful Great American Songbook, that over the years has become a mostly unprolific musical landscape.
For more information on Mr. Ron Kaplan and his other releases, contact him: American Songbook Preservation Society 9051-A Soquel Drive Aptos, California 95003 Phone: (831) 687-0278 fax: (831) 685-2609 Email: email@example.com Website: www.GreatAmerianSongbook.org Website: www.RonKaplan.com
High Standards, presenting Ron Kaplan is a smart package, featuring superb musicians, and the heart and soul of a mature vocalist and leader..High Standards is just that, from the moment you look at the album jacket and put on the CD until you hear the final notes of Lazy Afternoon. Jazz Improv Magazine
Lounging Around...Ron swings through a set of Standards with a deceptive ease that belies the depth and color that rewards repeat listening. A quietly remarkable album. Borders
Dedicated...From the opening bars to the closing reprise, Dedicated is a polished album by a sincere and genuinely compassionate vocalist and will immerse the listener into bittersweet bliss. EuroClubdeJazz
Jazz Ambassadors...Eloquent testimony which provides a continuum for great male vocal jazz. The whole package has a pristine feel and encapsulates these vintage songs with a quartet of superior musicians who have risen to the challenge to provide a trademark jazz set. Wes Gillespie
Saloon ...Kaplan covers a handful of the basic, hard-core classics and really puts his stamp on it. A winning adult and urbane set throughout Midwest Record Recap
New York ...This album is crafted into a true and legit representative of the classic jazz genre. The twelve songs on this recording all are treasures of America's best art form. 5 Stars eJazzNews
Kaplan's vocal interpretations exude the sincerity, tight phrasing and feel for the swing that can only come from the heart of a genuine jazz singer. Singer Magazine
a unique vocal stylist with seamless taste in musical choices and sidemen. A truly rare combination. ChazzJazz KRML
Kaplan phrases with sophisticated ease at any tempo. JazzTimes, America's Jazz Magazine
Ron Kaplan plays jazz and pop in a cool setting, knows what he's doing...and it pays off. With music like this, Kaplan could go far. Music Connection, the West Coast Music Trade Magazine
This is one male vocalist destined to become one of the greats in the field! Ron Kaplan is the genuine article. David Dreis...Rapport Magazine
Ron Kaplan is an original personality in the world of jazz vocalists and he has managed to put his name into that previously closed inner circle. He has breathed new life into it by the sheer force of his style, for as you know, “the style is the man himself”. The Velvet Crooner and the elegant power of his seemingly casual phrasing is in fact, ultra-tight and perfectly seductive. Jean Szlamowicz, Jazz Hot
Lounging Around Redux
Kapland Records 2007
Singing the Great American Songbook
new release 2008
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