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Biography Ron Kaplan's musical style is reminiscent of the great singers of the 1950’s continuing the tradition of performing songs from the Popular and Jazz Standards of the Great American Songbook. Critics note Kaplan’s phrasing, tone, diction, relaxed style, and his ability to get to the heart of a song with his own mark of musicianship, while featuring superb musicians in his live performances and on his recordings, enjoyed around world.

What the critics are saying… "Ron Kaplan is an original personality in the world of jazz vocalists and he has managed to put his name into that previously closed inner circle. He has breathed new life into it by the sheer force of his style, for as you know, “the style is the man himself”. The Velvet Crooner and the elegant power of his seemingly casual phrasing is in fact, ultra-tight and perfectly seductive." —Jean Szlamowicz, Jazz Hot

“This is one male vocalist destined to become one of the greats in the field. Ron Kaplan is the genuine article.” …D. David Dreis

“The heart and soul of a mature vocalist and leader…” …Jazz Improv Magazine

“Kaplan phrases with sophisticated ease at any tempo.” … JazzTimes Magazine

“What you have here is one of the most original singers to come along in quite some time from the jazz singing school of Mark Murphy and Tony Bennett polished off with some unique and handy swinging.” … In Tune International “Jazz singers come and go; few have staying power. Kaplan is one you can bet will be around for some time. First he’s a true jazz singer who knows his way around a tune, swinging in the irreverent manner that made singers like Mark Murphy, Jackie Paris and Mel Torme stars. Kaplan’s a musician first and foremost using his voice as an integral part of the jazz mode.” …Rapport

“Ron has superb command of a warm and flexible baritone that literally cocoons the listener within the cozy atmosphere of images it creates.” …Jazz Quad

“Kaplan can be linked to the vocalist of the past who merged the Jazz esthetic with the melodic popular element to produce music that appealed to both camps. His light-handed approach and easy singing style are qualities that make him a very likeable commodity.” …Cadence

In addition to his career as a concert performer and recording artist, Ron Kaplan also is the founder and executive director of American Songbook Preservation Society, a non-profit organization whose mission statement is: "To preserve our cultural treasure known as the Great American Songbook by performing this music at home and abroad as Ambassadors of Song." For more information, go to www.greatamericansongbook.org

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Ronald S. Kaplan has spent most of his time as a singer pursuing his musical talent in the San Francisco area.

It has never been easy for an independent performer to get the World to take notice of their creative work and keep them motivated in this situation.

Mr. Kaplan has had to assume the difficulty of creating his own independent record company to document his work. Along with this, he has taken on many roles; as the performing artist, producer, marketing and promotion, and the booking agent.

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Retro

Kapland Records
2014

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Blue and Sentimental

Kapland Records
2013

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New York

Point of Departure, WMPG-FM
2009

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New York

Kapland Records
2007

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Saloon

Kapland Records
2006

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Lounging Around

Kapland Records
2006

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My Favorite Things

From: High Standards
By Ron Kaplan

Old Devil Moon

From: Dedicated
By Ron Kaplan

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