All About Jazz

Home » Member Page

Ron Kaplan

Champion of the Great American Songbook and singer of jazz standards.

My Jazz Story

Published on: 2016-07-18

I love jazz because it is America's Classical Music. Often imitated, never duplicated, and because I am a singer and great fan of the jazz standards of the Great American Songbook. I was first exposed to jazz growing up at home in Los Angeles in the 1950's and in the popular culture where there were many great singers and performers on the radio, television, and film. When there was a great song, everyone recorded it with their own arrangement. It was the golden era of great Singers, Musicians, and Arrangers. I have met Wynton Marsalis, the Heath Brothers, Ted Curson, Joe Henderson, Arturo Sandoval, Benny Green, Billy Childs, Kurt Elling, Phoebe Jacobs of the Louis Armstrong House Museum, and many more... The first jazz record I bought was Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. My advice to new listeners... Start with the Blue Note recordings.

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.