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Ronny Smith

Ronny Smith

Artist Overview

“Guitarist Ronny Smith’s mellow tone, subtle creativity, and ability to groove over catchy rhythms have made him an increasingly popular force in contemporary jazz”. Scott Yanow, Author (The Jazz Singers, Bebop, Trumpeter Kings, Jazz On Film and Jazz is energetic and modern approach to standards and original compositions mesmerizes audiences and makes it impossible not to feel happy after listening. Ronny is a master at creating atmospheres which makes people eager to bury themselves in, and happy to stay submerged in for long lengths of time.

In 1981 Ronny left University of Maryland to become a guitarist and clarinetist U.S. Army Bandsman. For 37 years, in the Army Band system, he toured extensively in throughout the United States, Europe and South America. He has shared the stage with such artists as the Marvelettes, Bobby Durham, Melba Moore, and Donald Bryd. He has recorded with some of the top session musicians of the Nashville and California scene, to include, Gary Lunn (Peter Cetera), Pat Coil (Michael McDonald), Craig Nelson (Ben Tankard), and Dan Needham (Euge Groove), Scott Martin and Stan Martin (Quincy Jones) and Andy Martin (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat band). “Shake it up” is his seventh release as a solo artist. “Can’t Stop Now” is his sixth release and features the fantastic singles, "Slim Pickin" and, “City Groove”. City Groove, quickly became #1 on Billboards’ BDS New & Active SMOOTH JAZZ chart listing. Shortly thereafter, rose to become #25 on Billboards’ BDS radio SMOOTH JAZZ NATIONAL AIRPLAY top 30 charts.

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