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Ron Aprea

Ron Aprea, saxophonist, clarinetist, and flutist, has performed with Woody Herman, Les Elgart, Tito Puente, Frank Foster, Buddy Morrow, Billy May, Charlie Persip, Nat Adderley, Lionel Hampton, and Louis Armstrong. While with Hamp's band, some of the highlights were a Ramsey Lewis television special, and a recorded concert at the Smithsonian Institute, where Ron's solos were taped and put into their Archives. Ron was the featured soloist and arranger for performances with Nat Adderley at the world-famous Apollo Theatre, and he also performed at the Paramount Theatre with King Curtis' Big Band

Remembering Dominic Duval

Read "Remembering Dominic Duval" reviewed by Dom Minasi

Around 1985, I got a call from a close friend and my drummer at the time, Tony Lupo. Tony and I had been friends and playing together since 1963. At that time, we were both into Be-Bop and as we grew in age, our musical tastes and interest leaned towards outside playing. Of course, we never ...

ARTICLE: IN THE BIZ

Hiring a Publicist: Is It Worth It?

Read "Hiring a Publicist: Is It Worth It?" reviewed by Kathy Sanborn

"Without promotion, something terrible happens... nothing!" --P. T. Barnum Jazz artists strive to make the best albums possible, choosing the best songs, selecting other musicians to interpret those songs, and recording the pieces with artistic and technical skill. When their masterpieces are complete, it does not all end there. The artist or band ...

Ron Aprea Pays Tribute to John Lennon and the Beatles

Label: Early Autumn Productions
Released: 2015
Track listing: Let It Be; Imagine; Norwegian Wood; Yesterday; Happy Christmas; Can't Buy Me Love; Here, There and Everywhere; Blackbird; Something; Fool on the Hill; Whatever Gets You Through the Night; Goodnight.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Ron Aprea: On John Lennon, Jazz Legends, And Life In Music

Read "Ron Aprea: On John Lennon, Jazz Legends, And Life In Music" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Picture this: The year is 1974 and you've just gotten off the road with Lionel Hampton. The phone rings, and on the other end of the line is an old buddy of yours. After a little small talk, he asks if you're available for a recording session. You indicate that you're free and ask him about ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ron Aprea: Ron Aprea Pays Tribute to John Lennon and the Beatles

Read "Ron Aprea Pays Tribute to John Lennon and the Beatles" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The John Lennon-Paul McCartney canon has been recorded by everyone with the possible exception of “Honey Boo Boo" and “Mini Me." Some of those efforts are feckless attempts at moving the popular-genre so far away from its source it is laughable. Saxophone artist, Ron Aprea had the unique opportunity (along with trumpeter Steve ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Top 15 "Most Read" Interviews: 2014

Read "Top 15 "Most Read" Interviews: 2014" reviewed by Michael Ricci

All About Jazz tracks how often an interview is read, and the interviews listed below represent our top 15 published in 2014. Ron Aprea's Tribute to John Lennon by Nicholas F. Mondello Published: August 19, 2014 Takuya Kuroda: Rising Son by DanMichael Reyes ...

ARTICLE: CATCHING UP WITH

Ron Aprea's Tribute to John Lennon

Read "Ron Aprea's Tribute to John Lennon" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

We recently caught up with saxophonist, composer/arranger and educator/clinician, Ron Aprea and spoke with him about recent activities and his current recording project--his personal John Lennon/Beatles tribute. All About Jazz: The last half of 2013 and the time so far in 2014 have been quite positive for you. Let me ask you first ...

Practice, Do You? Part 2-3

Read "Practice, Do You? Part 2-3" reviewed by Dom Minasi

Continued from Part 1 I began studying the guitar when I was seven years old. I hated my teacher and I didn't practice much, but when I changed teachers' and I went to Joe Geneli, I regained a love for the guitar that I first had when I was four years old when I ...

Remembering Blakey

Label: Early Autumn Productions
Released: 2013
Track listing: Flown The Coop; Minor Setback; My Foolish Heart; Latino; In A Minor Funk; Goodbye; Transition Blues; Andrea's Delight; Sophia; Cherokee; Lover Man; For Pete's Sake.


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