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Where are you located?
LONG ISLAND, NY
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Producer, Educator, Arranger, Composer
Tell us a little about your background...
Ron Aprea, composer, arranger, producer, saxophonist, clarinetist, and flutist, has played lead alto with the bands of Les Elgart, Tito Puente, Frank Foster, Charlie Persip, and Lionel Hampton. Also played with Woody Herman, Buddy Morrow, Billy May and others. While with Hamp's band, some 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. In 1974, Ron recorded with John Lennon and Elton John on the album entitled Walls and Bridges. The all-star horn section included Howard Johnson, Frank Vicari, Bobby Keys, and Steve Madio. Ron was a featured soloist on the jazz-gospel album Free to Be Free. He also wrote, arranged, and produced his own album, Ronnie April's Positive Energy Volume 1. Ron had his own TV special on WNYC, and was a featured soloist on Broadway's Song of Singapore. Ron's compositions, arrangements, and productions skills can be heard on Angela DeNiro's first CD, Just For the Fun Of It, as well as her second release, Angela DeNiro...Swingin' With Legends, featuring Lionel Hampton, Frank Foster, and Lew Tabackin. Ron was featured with the Kenny Barron Trio at the 1998 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, and was part of the All-Star cast, which included Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Bill Watrous, Jon Faddis, Al Grey, Ray Brown, Marion McPartland, Abbey Lincoln, and Diana Krall. Ron has three 1998 GRAMMY nomination entries: Producer of the Year,(Swingin' With Legends), and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist for Angela DeNiro's Avalon & The Song Is You. In 2001 Ron completed an arranging assignment for vocalist Alex Donner, featuring nine of Ron's arrangements. Ron co-hosted a weekly jazz radio show on WSHR, 91.9 FM, New York, with his wife, vocalist Angela DeNiro. Their show, Rush-Hour Rendezvous ran successfully for two years. In January 2001, Ron's band, with Angela DeNiro, was featured on "BET-TV". The national program, called "Jazz Discovery", showcased jazz artists in competition, and was judged by a panel of three, which included jazz legend Chick Corea. Angela, with Ron's band, won the competition. Ron and Angela DeNiro made a cameo appearance on legendary jazz vocalist Mark Murphy's CD entitled "Links," released in September of 2001 on the High Note Label. In August 2001, Ron performed in an All-Star band for a Charlie Parker Birthday tribute in Harlem, New York. The band featured four alto saxophonists. Playing alongside Ron were Jimmy Zaff, Gerald Hayes, and James Spaulding. Ron wrote the arrangements for Angela DeNiro's third CD, My Shining Hour. One of Ron's compositions, For Phil, is dedicated to Phil Woods, who has been a major source of inspiration to Ron since the mid 60's. This CD was released in August 2005. In 2006 Ron, arranged, performed on, and produced an album for jazz vocalist Meegan Coleman entitled "I hear Music." In 2007 Ron arranged, performed on, and produced an album for vocalist Damian entitled "Follow Your Dreams." Ron and Angela headlined the Les Nuits du Jazz Festival in Nantes, France on Nov. 9 & 10, 2007. Ron again produced an album with Damian (his second.) This album has Damian sharing the stage with trumpeter Brian Lynch, Ron Aprea, and other jazz artists.

In Jan. 2010 Ron produced an album for jazz vocalist Billy C. Billy pays tribute to Sonny's Place, a jazz club on Long Island and its late owner Sonny Meyerowitz. The album opens with Ron's alto solo on Embraceable You. Will be released in May 2010.

Jazz historians, check out Ron's video clip "The making Of Swingin' With Legends." Nice footage of Lionel Hampton at age 90 in session with Angela De Niro and Ron's big band. Also Frank Foster playing Avalon. On June 5, 2013 Ron released a new album entitled "Ron Aprea Sextet-Remembering Blakey." Joe Magnarelli (trpt) and Jerry Weldon (tenor) join Ron on the front line. Cecilia Coleman (piano), Tim Givens (bass), and Vince Cherico (drums) make up a blistering rhythm section. "Remembering Blakey" is entered in 9 categories for GRAMMY 65.
How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
Dozens of friends
What Instrument do you play?
Saxophone
What is your website address? Only websites that pertain to your business and how you can be contacted.
http://www.ronaprea.com
I agree that I will not spam the site with inappropriate postings for this action is subject to suspension
yes

Latest Activity

RON APREA posted a status
"Check out Bob Nicosia's blog.. http://ning.it/19ZAiz6"
Oct 21, 2013
RON APREA posted a status
"Please check out my new Youtube clip which pays tribute to my five decade friendship with Frank "Foss" Foster. http://ning.it/1faxbdj"
Oct 6, 2013
RON APREA posted a video

Ron Aprea's "Goodbye" to Frank Foster.

Saxophonist Ron Aprea originally wrote this arrangement on the Gordon Jenkins song "Goodbye" to play at the memorial service for the legendary tenor saxophon...
Oct 6, 2013
RON APREA posted photos
Nov 8, 2010
RON APREA posted photos
Nov 4, 2010
RON APREA received a gift from Saul Alvarado
Oct 30, 2010
RON APREA posted an event
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TWO SHOWS AT TRUMPETS at Montclair, NJ

October 22, 2010 at 8pm to October 23, 2010 at 12am
A quick note to tell you that Angela and I will be performing at Trumpets on Friday October 22nd. Trumpets is a wonderful room for listening and has a reputation for presenting quality music. Angela and I caught a show, and had dinner there, about a month ago and the food is wonderful. Our rhythm section will be: Drums, Ron Vincent-Bass, Marcus Mc Laurin-Piano, Glafkos Kontemeniotis. Trumpets is in Montclair, NJ and about 15 minutes from the Lincoln Tunnel. The address and phone number are:6…See More
Oct 15, 2010
RON APREA left a comment for Alvin Queen
"Hey Alvin, Whose the alto player on "Cape Verdean Blues? Sounds like Cannonball."
Oct 8, 2010
RON APREA left a comment for Bridgette Lewis
"Hi Bridgette, Happy to be your friend. Ron"
Aug 30, 2010
Mary A. Eaton left a comment for RON APREA
"Hi Ron, i enjoyed visiting your page, loved your music... Hope we can stay in touch.. Mary"
Jul 26, 2010
Bill Hudson left a comment for RON APREA
"Let me embrace Embraceable..hope you like our version of Strange Fruit... best. Bill"
Jul 15, 2010
Tony Lujan commented on RON APREA's video
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ANGELA DeNIRO & RON APREA LIVE FROM NANTES, FRANCE

"great Big Band and wonderful Alto!!!!! Tony Lujan"
Jul 1, 2010
RON APREA commented on RON APREA's video
Jun 29, 2010
Viviana García commented on RON APREA's video
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ANGELA DeNIRO & RON APREA LIVE FROM NANTES, FRANCE

"This is so good, Ron and Angela! Congratulations on an unbelievable performace! Besos from Buenos Aires. Viviana"
Jun 29, 2010
RON APREA posted a video

ANGELA DeNIRO & RON APREA LIVE FROM NANTES, FRANCE

Performing with the Cote Ouest Big Band under the direction of Jean-Filippe Vidal.
Jun 22, 2010
RON APREA posted videos
Jun 14, 2010

RON APREA's Blog

A PIECE OF JAZZ HISTORY

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

Jazz historians, check out Ron Aprea's video clip "The making Of Swingin' With Legends." Nice footage of Lionel Hampton at age 90 in session with Angela De Niro and Ron's big band. Also Frank Foster playing Avalon.

New Production Company

Posted on March 19, 2010 at 2:41pm 0 Comments

I will package the arrangements, studio time, musicians' salaries, back-up singers, and mixing...and play solos if needed. A one-stop concept. Your music will be recorded in my own state-of-the-art studio, which I built in 2003. A reasonable fee will be determined in advance, dependent on band size, so that you, as the artist, can spend your time being creative, instead of watching the clock and rushing through takes.…

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At 5:40pm on October 30, 2010, Saul Alvarado gave RON APREA a gift
At 6:31pm on July 26, 2010, Mary A. Eaton said…
Hi Ron, i enjoyed visiting your page, loved your music...
Hope we can stay in touch.. Mary
At 2:55pm on July 15, 2010, Bill Hudson said…
Let me embrace Embraceable..hope you like our version of Strange Fruit...
best.
Bill
At 9:46am on July 1, 2010, Tony Lujan said…
Ron, Great music!!!!!!!
Tony Lujan
At 12:48pm on June 30, 2010, Oscar Gonzalez Luna said…
Hi Ron, thanx for the add
At 12:31am on May 27, 2010, Mike Johnson said…
Ron..."One Stop Production" is one of the most unique sites I have seen to date. You really embrace all that you do, and have done, through your gifted passion for music! Sax was my father's favorite instrument and became the second instrument I learned to play (cello was first). You have a Gift+
Stay in touch!
http://www.thejazznetworkworldwide.com/profile/mikejohnson
At 7:41am on May 19, 2010, Tony Lujan said…
Ron,
great to see you here on Jazz Network!
It's a good place to be!
Hope all is well for you!
Tony Lujan
At 8:42am on May 2, 2010, Wanda Mychele said…
Hi Ron, thank you for the add. I would love to talk to you about any upcoming projects that you have underway. Take care.
At 9:05pm on May 1, 2010, Cheryl Zeigler said…
Hello Ron,

Thanks for the invite look forward to networking with you.

Regards.
Cheryl Z.
At 7:54pm on May 1, 2010, Jasmine said…
Welcome!
 
 
 

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