Ron Carlson teaches guitar at Garden City Community College in western Kansas. For many years, he was a Kansas City based guitarist who especially enjoyed playing jazz standards. He also played guitar with a popular horn based classic rock band called Hard At Play.
Ron's first CD project is titled Kind Folk in memory of the jazz artists Kenny Wheeler and Charlie Haden. Kind Folk is published by the Artists Recording Collective (ARC- 2635) and includes an all star quintet and three vocalists. The second CD project is titled For You and is dedicated to the memory of his late wife, Diane. For You contains standards as well as original compositions. It is also published by the Artists Recording Collective (893682002963).
Some of the prominent Kansas City area venues Ron has performed at include the Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum, the Folly Theatre, college college jazz recitals, area country clubs, hosting the five year Live Jazz Friday series at the Lucky Brewgrille Restaurant, Chaz on the Plaza and many more venues. He has also performed with a number of Kansas City area big bands. In Garden City, he has performed at the annual Tumbleweed Festival, Art In The Park, the Flat Mountain Brewhouse and special events on the college campus.