We love to have amazing talent (and good friends!) repeat a guest slot on "Hybrid Jazz" - and our favorite Professor fits nicely into that category :)
Ron Kearns was born into a loving and supportive home in Roanoke, Virginia. He received an opportunity to attend the University of East Africa - now University of Nairobi - after high school. He studied African music and dance there, then returned to the States to receive his BS in Music Education at Knoxville College. From there: a Masters at Catholic University.
Ron took his musical skills on sax and teaching expertise to the Baltimore City Public School System. Among other assignments, he was a huge part of the Frederick Douglass High School "Music Careers Program." A Who's Who of illustrious Jazz talent sprang from the loins of that excellent scenario - and it's discussed in wide circles STILL in the tri-state area.
In Montgomery County, Maryland, Ron became known as one of "50 Directors Who Make a Difference." As in band director - as in conducting leadership. Three Grammy Signature School Awards and an array of reverent students can testify how much of an impact that our guest had on lives. Add to that: Ron has written articles on Jazz, music production and education. And has authored the "Quick Reference for Band Directors" that schools use all over the country.
Mind you - this is an overview of a humble man's career! We'll find out more about the dozens of records that he has produced - the reason why he's returning to the show on 1/16 (a BIG show in Bethesda!) - and both music and news regarding his latest project, "Quiet Nights." This was released last year to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of Jazz Samba - and it's huge influence in the USA.
Join us in The Chat Room - we'll keep a seat warm for you!
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