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Ron Hart

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.

In 1981 ShadowLight Records released the Landress/Hart Group’s LP, “Dancing Moments,” a jazz/fusion album featuring Ron on piano and keyboards. The album received heavy airplay on commercial jazz stations as well as college radio.

Ron was included in the 1992-1993 edition of Who’s Who in Entertainment as a composer, musician and record company executive.

“The Light Beyond the Atoms,” CD, released in 2008 on Ron’s indie label, PureBeam Music, is a suite of original music featuring Ron on grand piano with synthesizer orchestration. A selection from the album was featured on Hearts of Space online radio and can be found in their archives under Program 889 “Wistful.” Also appearing on that show are jazz greats Herbie Mann, Chick Corea, Gary Burton and Jan Garbarek.

In October, 2011 PureBeam Music released a newly recorded CD entitled “April in Paris” by Ron Hart on piano and upright bassist Gary Fitzgerald. This exciting mainstream and progressive jazz album features dynamic interplay between these two inspired musicians. A uniquely playful jazz treatment of Hit the Road, Jack as well as five other standards (April in Paris, Sidney’s Soliloquy, Night and Day, Angel Eyes and My Romance ) and five originals provide many unexpected moments.

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JazzReview.com 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 bass line

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