Ron Hart received his BFA in Music Composition from Ohio University and continued his post-graduate work in Composition and Film Scoring at UCLA in 1978. Ron has played and recorded with a variety of music artists, beginning at age 19 with Dionne Warwick. His work as a jazz pianist continued with saxophonists Sonny Stitt and Richie Cole, bebop guitarist Bill deArango (Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker), trumpeter Harry “Sweets” Edison (Count Basie), bassist/producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock), Jorge Strunz (Strunz & Farah), South Indian violinist L. Subramaniam and many others.
Reviewed by Brian S. Lunde
April in Paris / Ron Hart and Gary Fitzgerald
If Ron Hart and Gary Fitzgerald are not quite household
names in jazz, they have still made a fine contribution to
the jazz library of piano and bass recordings.
Ray Charles made Hit the Road, Jack a raucous, foot-
tapping R&B hit. Here, Hart and Fitzgerald slow it down to a
bluesy walk. Fitzgerald opens and closes with straight-time
quarter notes that evoke our Jack hitting the road
reluctantly, just putting one foot in front of the other. In
the middle, however, Fitzgerald builds the song by stepping
first into eighth notes, then a nice double-time walking