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Ron Kaplan

Born: July 15, 1953    Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Ron Kaplan

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”...
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American Songbook Preservation Society...Singing the Great American Songbook By A. J. Julian Improvisational Promotions

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: info@greatamericansongbook.org 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

RonKaplan
High Standards
Kapland Records
1997

RonKaplan
Lounging Around
Kapland Records
1999

RonKaplan
Dedicated
Kapland Records
2001

RonKaplan
Jazz Ambassadors
Kapland Records
2003

RonKaplan
Saloon
Kapland Records
2005

RonKaplan
Lounging Around Redux
Kapland Records
2006

RonKaplan
New York
Kapland Records 2007

RonKaplan
Singing the Great American Songbook
new release 2008

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