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Ron Aprea

Ron Aprea

December 16, 2018

Sunday 12/16

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

Birdland NYC

New York, NY


Ron Aprea
Ron Aprea, who hails from Astoria, NY got his first alto saxophone at age 16 and started taking lessons in a studio across the street from Radio City Music Hall. It was also during this time that Ron would frequent the famed Birdland Jazz Club on Broadway. He spent a lot of time soaking up inspiration from all of the Big Band and Jazz legends that played the club – such as Count Basie and Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Both would prove to be major influences in Ron’s career. It was at Birdland that Ron met Frank Foster, who played with and arranged for Count Basie; the two became lifelong friends. One of many prized items in Ron’s memorabilia is a collection of original arrangements that Frank had written for Basie’s band and then gave Ron copies for his band.

Ron has spent years perfecting his musical prowess. He’s played with legends like Woody Herman, Tito Puente, Billy May, Frank Foster, Chubby Jackson, Charlie Persip, Skitch Henderson and Lionel Hampton. While touring with Hamp, Ron had the opportunity to do a recorded performance at the Smithsonian Institute, where Ron’s solos were taped and placed into their Archives. As part of an All-Star band, Ron played at a 2001 Charlie Parker Birthday Tribute in Harlem. He has also been featured during performances at the Paramount Theatre with the King Curtis big band and the world famous Apollo Theatre with Nat Adderley. Ron performed extensively in 1998, being featured during the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival (at the University of Idaho) with the Kenny Baron trio and as a special guest with Hamp’s Big Band, playing for thousands at the Planting Fields Arboretum in New York. He and his wife, jazz vocalist Angela DeNiro received a standing ovation at the event. 1998 was also the year Ron had a GRAMMY entry for his production work on Angela’s “Swingin’ With Legends” album.

In 2001 the couple competed on BET-TV’s “Jazz Discovery” showcase and won the contest; the judges included jazz legend Chick Corea. They also co-hosted a weekly jazz radio show called “Rush Hour Rendezvous” on WSHR (New York) for two years and are currently guest co-hosting the NYC cable TV show Ginger New York.

Throughout his career Ron has been in demand to write, arrange, and perform on countless albums; he finally decided to release his own record in June of 2013 as a tribute to Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers. "Ron Aprea Sextet – Remembering Blakey." The three horn section includes trumpeter Joe “Maggs” Magnarelli and tenor saxophonist Jerry Weldon.

Ron Aprea’s most recent project takes tribute to the next level. In 1974 Ron played on John Lennon’s “Walls and Bridges” album and Ron became part of the horn section known as the “Little Big Horns. The resulting CD, “Ron Aprea Pays Tribute to John Lennon & the Beatles” was released in the spring of 2015 to rave reviews. The album also features jazz great Brian Lynch on trumpet.

Currently Ron spends much of his time writing for, and performing with his big band which has been featured on the last Sunday of each month at Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, NJ from 2013 to the present.

Ron Aprea-Alto saxophonist, flautist & arranger. Toured with Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman, Tito Puente, Charlie Persip, Frank Foster & Nat Adderley. Albums 1982 Positive Energy with Virgil Jones-2013 Remembering Blakey-with Joe Magnarelli & Jerry Weldon-2015 Tribute to John Lennon with Brian Lynch. Ron has produced dozens of albums and arranged/produced 3 albums with Angela DeNiro.

Angela DeNiro-1997 Recorded with Lionel Hampton, Frank Foster, & Lew Tabackin-Album entitled “Swingin’ With Legends.” 2004 Released “My Shining Hour” with Don Sickler & Scott Whitfield. 2005 recorded with Mark Murphy. Album entitled “Links.”
Performed with the Lionel Hampton big band at the Lionel Hampton Festival in Moscow, Idaho. Headlined the Jazz Festival in Nantes, France in 2007. Also performed with Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond, & Ben Riley at the Lionel Hampton Festival.