Ron Kobayashi is a jazz pianist and composer based in Southern California. He has performed with Mel Tormé, Margaret Whiting, Herb Jeffries, Tim Weisberg, Eric Marienthal, Jules Day, Peter White, Kenny Burrell, Bill Watrous, Teddy Edwards, Pete Christlieb and Paula Kelly Jr. and the Modernaires. He was a featured performer on the international “Johnny Yune” television show, the 2002 Jerry Lewis Telethon and on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. In 1992, Ron performed for President Bill Clinton. And in 2005, Ron was honored by the Asian Business Association of Orange County as “Role Model and Inspiration for Asians in the Field of Music”.
His trio has recorded several discs to date and received airplay across the U.S. and around the world. The Los Angeles Times says the Ron Kobayashi Trio are “superb jazz stylists.” Their latest disc, “No Preservatives” (Carpet Cat Records) was described as a “five star session from three of the Southland’s finest” by the LA Jazz Scene. The Orange County Register wrote: “If you define jazz as spontaneity, emotional expression and communication among musicians, you won’t find anything better than “No Preservatives.”
In 1996, the trio, with BASSIST AND COMPOSER BABA ELEFANTE, and DRUMMER STEVE DIXON, was voted “Best Jazz Group in Orange County” by readers of the Orange County Weekly. In 2012, the Ron Kobayashi Trio was nominated for “Best Jazz” at the Orange County Music Awards. THE RON KOBAYASHI TRIO has played numerous music festivals including the Playboy Jazz Festival in Pasadena, San Bernardino Music Festival, The Orange County Art and Jazz Festival, the Dana Point Jazz Festival, the Yorba Linda Arts Festival, the Orange Street Fair and at the Colorado Belle in Laughlin, Nevada. The Trio has worked in Orlando, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada and shared the stage with such notable artists as: David Benoit, Eddie Palmieri, Cirque Du Soleil, Strunz and Farah and The Fabulous Thunderbirds.
BASSIST AND COMPOSER BABA ELEFANTE was voted one of the nation’s top bass players in a Bass Player Magazine poll. He played on the 1995 Universal motion picture “The Hunted. Baba has performed with jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove, saxophonists Pete Christlieb and Justo Almario, vocalist Michael Sweet, Yes keyboardist Patrick Moraz and “Kansas” lead vocalist John Elefante.
DRUMMER STEVE DIXON has done numerous recording sessions both as a drummer and percussionist. He has worked with War harmonica legend Lee Oskar, jazz saxophonist Richie Cole, trombonist Bill Watrous, vocalist Tierney Sutton and Warner Brothers recording artists “The Untouchables.”