A native of Warwick, Rhode Island, Ron moved to Boston, MA. in 1969 to attend the renowned Berklee College of Music, graduating with a BA in Music Education in 1973. After touring the U.S. with a variety of jazz groups, and three years in Kansas City (79-82), Ron settled in New York City in 1982.
Since then, Ron has become a veteran of the New York City jazz scene. Working often as a sideman, Ron has recorded for labels such as GRP, Concord and Palmetto records, the latter where he has been producer as well as co-producer for a number of projects.
Ron was a member of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet and Mr. Mulligan’s Re-Birth of the Cool Tentet from 1989 until Mr. Mulligan’s passing in 1996. He recorded four CD’s with Mr. Mulligan and has also recorded with Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Randy Brecker, Bob Brookmeyer, Bill Charlap, John Lewis, and Slide Hampton to name a few. Ron has appeared with such notables as Art Farmer, Karrin Allyson, Jimmy Heath, Rob McConnell, Rufus Reid and Dr. Billy Taylor. As a leader, his own trio and quartet are active in the New York City area and his quartet has toured the U.S. and Europe.
As a jazz artist/educator for Sabian Cymbals, Ron has presented workshops at over 80 Colleges and Universities and has been on the faculty of the Jamie Aebersold Jazz Camps and the Stanford Jazz Camp. In 1996 Ron received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for jazz performance. Additionally, Ron has co-written, produced and performed in two educational DVDs for the Masterjazz series, Learn To Play Jazz & Becoming an Improviser.