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Pianist Ron Hart's indie label

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Ron Hart

Ron Hart has played in concert and recorded with a variety of jazz, new age, rock and pop artists beginning at age 19 with Dionne Warwick. His work as a jazz pianist continued with saxophonists Sonny Stitt and Richie Cole, bebop guitarist Bill deArango (Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker), trumpeter Harry “Sweets” Edison (Count Basie, Ben Webster), bassist/producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock), Brazilian singer/guitarist Tomaz Lima, drummer E.W. Wainwright (McCoy Tyner, Earl “Fatha” Hines), and many others.

Ron received his BFA in Music Composition from Ohio University and did his post-graduate work at UCLA in Film Scoring during the mid ‘70s.

He is the arranger and featured musician on two popular albums, “The Divine Gypsy,” first released in 1982 and re-released on CD in 1997, and "Where Golden Dreams Dwell" CD in 2003, both published by Self-Realization Fellowship.      

Ron was included in the 1992-1993 edition of Marquis Who’s Who in Entertainment as a composer, musician and record company executive. In 2006 he started a new Indie label, PureBeam Music (www.purebeammusic.com), and in 2008 released “The Light Beyond the Atoms,” a four-movement suite of original music featuring Ron on grand piano with synthesizer orchestration. A selection from the album was featured on Hearts of Space radio (www.hos.com ) throughout North America and can be found in their online archives under Program 889 “Wistful.” Also appearing on that show are jazz greats Herbie Mann, Chick Corea, Gary Burton and Jan Garbarek.                                                

In 2011 Ron and upright bassist Gary Fitzgerald released a mainstream and progressive jazz CD entitled "April in Paris." The album contains 6 standards and 5 originals and features dynamic interplay between the bass and piano. Cashbox Magazine listed the CD in their "Jazz Top 50" during April, May and June, 2012. The "April in Paris" CD also appeared in DownBeat Magazine's September, 2012 issue. Ron and Gary appeared at the Arcosanti Jazz Festival near Prescott, Arizona in June, 2013 and can be heard in jazz clubs throughout the U.S.

Ron Hart Discography:

1966 – Ain’t That Peculiar (Soul Impromptu) on Prism Records
1981 -  Dancing Moments (Landress/Hart Group) on ShadowLight Records
1982 – The Divine Gypsy (Self-Realization Fellowship)
1983 – The Light Beyond the Atoms (Ron Hart) on ShadowLight Records
1984 – Just Behind Our Love (Ron Hart) on ShadowLight Records
1986 – Bouquet (Timmaris McDowell) on Heart Centered Music
1996 -  No Distance Between Us (Focal Point) on Music House Productions
1997 – The Divine Gypsy (Self-Realization Fellowship) re-released on CD
2001 – Ceu – Sounds of Magic (Tomaz Lima) on TLL in Brazil
2003 – Where Golden Dreams Dwell (Self-Realization Fellowship)
2008 – The Light Beyond the Atoms (Ron Hart) CD on PureBeam Music 
2011 -  April in Paris (Ron Hart & Gary Fitzgerald) on PureBeam Music

Gary Fitzgerald

Gary Fitzgerald began playing the upright bass while in the Air Force in 1963. He met Ron Hart through jazz guitarist Bill deArango in 1971 and the two young men formed a jazz quartet and worked in clubs throughout the midwest. In 1972 Gary and Ron played in a trio with jazz drummer E.W. Wainwright and performed college concerts in Los Angeles. Gary later toured Europe with drummer Eddie Moore, violinist Michael White and woodwind player Russel Baba. He has also appeared with alto saxophonist Richie Cole, trumpeter Eddie Henderson, and was the bassist in African Roots of Jazz. In 2009 Gary and Ron began working on their recent CD, "April in Paris," which was released in October, 2011.