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Ron Kobayashi

Pianist and composer Ron Kobayashi has performed with a variety of musical artists including Mel Torme, Kenny Burrell, Peter Frampton, Tom Scott, Margaret Whiting, Peter White, Najee, Wilton Felder and comedian Bob Saget.  For five years Ron served as musical director for the Hollywood Diversity Awards where such stars as Chris Rock, Mark Ruffalo and George Lopez were honored.  Ron has made numerous television appearances including on The Johnny Yune Show, The Jerry Lewis Telethon, The CBS News with Dan Rather, American Stars, the CBS Television series All Rise and with Jackee Harris on "Life After" on the TVONE Network.  In 1992, Ron performed for President Bill Clinton.

Ron and his Trio (with Baba Elefante on bass and Steve Dixon on drums) have been together for more than 27 years playing festivals, concert halls and jazz clubs throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Florida and New York. Some of the venues include the Playboy Jazz Festival Pasadena, the Long Beach Jazz Festival, the Yuma, Arizona Jazz Series, the Orange County Performing Arts Center and the Barclay Theater in Irvine, CA. They have recorded five CDs and one DVD to date receiving airplay around the world, and reaching Top 10 status on KAWC Radio in Arizona.  Original compositions from the Trio's discs were used in the motion picture "Sam and Janet" starring Gary Busey. The Trio was voted Best Jazz Group in Orange County, CA by readers of the OC Weekly in 1996, and was nominated for Best Jazz Group in Orange County in 2012 by the Orange County Music Awards.  In 2005, Ron was awarded "Role Model and Inspiration for Asian Americans in the Field of Music" by the Orange County Asian Business Association.

Ron has been a music educator for more than 30 years.  He currently teaches at the Orange County High School of the Arts, Biola University and Vanguard University (both in Southern California), as well as privately.  Ron has been a clinician at numerous Jazz festivals and presents regular lectures on Jazz at public libraries and museums throughout Southern California.


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Los Angeles

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Available to teach on Thursday and Friday. Currently doing jazz clinics for Fullerton Elementary School District. Taught privately for 20 years in Orange County, CA. Have coached jazz piano performance at California State University Fullerton, CA Have coached jazz piano performance at Biola University in La Mirada, CA


Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Sunlight Shines In

Audio Daddio


No Preservatives

Carpet Cat Records



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