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Ron Kearns is a performer, conductor, composer/arranger, record producer and educator. He is currently the director of instrumental music at Walter Johnson HS, Montgomery County, Maryland.


Ron has performed with Ernie Andrews, Stanley Turrentine, Rick Henderson and Kenny Reed. He has performed at the world renowned Blues Alley Jazz Supper Club, London's 100 Club and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His current CDs, Hand Prints and The Ron Kearns Quintet, Live! at Blues Alley--Blues in the Alley are being played on 90 Gavin radio stations in the United States.

As a producer, Mr. Kearns has produced albums/CDs for Candid Records, LTD, London, England, FOXHAVEN RECORDS, Jazz Karma Records and Tiffany Records. He has written liner notes for several recordings and has published articles on jazz production and performance.

Ron currently represents vocalist, Ronnie Wells, pianists, Dick Morgan, Rachel Z, and Eric Byrd, saxophonists, Buck Hill and Paul Carr.


1. (RealAudio) Blues in the Alley
2. (RealAudio) Black Orpheus
3. (RealAudio) That Old Devil Called Love
4. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise
5. Driftin'
6. My Funny Valentine
7. (RealAudio) Just Friends
8. Cantaloupe Island
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Recorded live at Blues Alley in Washington DC, this recording featured Ron Kearns on alto and tenor saxophones, Kenny Reed on trumpet and flugelhorn, Eric Byrd on piano, Bhagwan Khalsa on bass, Mike Smith on drums and Shelley Dorsey on vocals.


"Ron Kearns is better known as a producer for such local [DC] artists as Buck Hill and Ronnie Wells than as a musician in his own right. But "Live at Blues Alley" (Foxhaven) gives the alto and tenor saxophonist his due, providing a cool, late-night atmosphere for seasoned and soulful tone. With the help of trumpeter Kenny Reed, Kearns sometimes projects a frontline sound that brings to mind the music of Cannonball and Nat Adderley, particularly on the riff-based Herbie Hancock tune Driftin'. First though, Kearns unveils "Blues in the Alley," the album's opening track and its only original composition, which establishes the album's unfussy and unhurried tone. He then offers a rendition of Luis Bonfa's "Black Orpheus," notable for its gliding legato phrasing before singer Shelley Dorsey infuses "That Old Devil Called Love" with a sultry air. As for the remaining tunes, don't expect any surprises. The album is dominated by pop and jazz standards, including appealing performances of "Just Friends" and "Cantaloupe Island." Most of the arrangements tend to unfold in conventional fashion, leaving plenty of solo space for the horn men and the gopsel-infected runs favored by pianist Eric Byrd. Ably rounding out the rhythm section and neatly accenting the arrangements are bassist Bhagwan Khalsa and drummer Mike Smith.

Mike Joyce, The Washington Post, December 8, 1999



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Ron Kearns
Tel: (202) 365-3664
P.O. Box 514 Columbia, MD 21045-0514


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