American Songbook Preservation Society...Singing the Great
By A. J. Julian
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
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
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
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
American Songbook Preservation Society
9051-A Soquel Drive
Aptos, California 95003
Phone: (831) 687-0278
fax: (831) 685-2609
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.
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
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.
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
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.
a unique vocal stylist with seamless taste in musical
choices and sidemen. A truly rare combination.
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