RON DAVIS RELEASES RhythmaRON - 11th RECORDING / FIRST ALL SOLO PIANO OUTING IN 40 YEARS!

Ron Davis - RhythmaRON
A Trip Back to the Basics

Ron Davis, Toronto’s much-loved jazz pianist, has created a musical style that is simply known as “Ron’s style”. RhythmaRON, Ron Davis’ first solo piano album in his 40-year career, is a trip back to the basics to where it began. It is solo piano in the style of the greats: Earl “Fatha” Hines, Thomas “Fats” Waller, Willie “The Lion” Smith, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson and Art Tatum. These are the works that shaped his world, the ones that he fastidiously studied until he knew every note, every pause and every part. “Handful of Keys”, “Piano Starts Here”, “Tracks”, “Solo Monk” were on his heavy rotation list and he performs them as only Ron Davis can.

As Ron puts it: “Those records got me started. They lit a fire in me. I began practicing as much as I could, so I could sound like my idols. Solo piano was where I wanted to go, and I got there eventually. First in the basement on my own, then in school and finally at my first gigs, all before I was old enough to vote, and all solo. When I started playing piano I played solo, and after 20 years of duos, trios, quartets and shows with my eight musician Pocket SymphRONica, I’m going back to where I began.“

RhythmaRON is Ron Davis’ eleventh album and includes the sounds and styles that informed his musical world from his beginnings as a pianist through to today. Ron Davis loves to share music and to add his creative twist to everything that he performs. This is how he describes the tunes:

1. Rhythmaron (Ron Davis) – Based on George Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm” with a well-known Art Tatum sequence
2. Give Me the Simple Life (R. Bloom & H. Ruby) – First heard performed by Oscar Peterson, which becomes a never-to-be-forgotten musical aha moment.
3. You Can't Do That (J. Lennon & P. McCartney) – The Beatles meet Boogie Woogie
4. A Child Is Born (Thad Jones & Alec Wilder) – A ballad, exploring beauty in music.
5. The Fishin' Hole (E. Sloane, E. Hagen & H. Spencer) – Playing around with the theme song from the old TV classic “Andy of Mayberry”.
6. Moon River (H. Mancini & J. Mercer) – Henry Mancini’s timeless classic, played with a twist influenced by Eric Satie.
7. Jitterbug Waltz (T. Waller, M. Manners & C. Grean) – A swing era classic transposed into a minor key, giving it more ‘jitter’ than the original.
8. Cullibalue (Ron Davis) –The. Blues.
9. Over the Rainbow (H. Arlen & Y. Harburg) – Surely one of the most beautiful songs ever written.
10. Secret Love (S. Fain & P. Webster) – A good old straight-ahead jazz standard.
11. Rockin' in Rhythm (D. Ellington, H. Carney & I. Mills) – A rollicking nod to master pianist, Duke Ellington.
12. You Must Believe in Spring (M. Legrand) – A haunting, gorgeous song made famous by Bill Evans.
13. Swing Street (Ron Davis) – Returning to his roots, Ron plays some klezmer stride that first kindled his musical curiosity and passion.

RhythmaRON was recorded over three days in February 2017 on a Bosendorfer Imperial Grand with longtime producer/engineer colleague and friend Dennis Patterson. Ron Davis is proud of the results. It took him many years to return to solo playing. It was worth the wait.

2017 LIVE PERFORMANCES:
June 20/21 RhythmaRON CD Release – Jazz Bistro
July 1 Trafalgar Square, London UK – Official Canada 150 Celebrations
July 1 Savoy Hotel, London UK – Official Canada 150 Celebrations
July 3 La Belle Angele, Edinburgh, Scotland
August 14 – 19 & 21– 26 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, The Scottish Arts Club
September Stratford, Ontario
November Ron Davis’ Pocket SymphRONica Lula Lounge Series begins

NOTABLE RON DAVIS RECORDINGS:
Pocket SymphRONica
SymphRONica
Mungle Music
Shimmering Rhythm
Subaraashi Live

NOTABLE QUOTES:
“Firmly established as an innovative force within the world of jazz.” - National Post

“One of the most tenacious and engaging musical artists in Canada... an artist at the peak of his creativity and technical facility.” - WholeNote

"Ron Davis is a name that is synonymous with creativity, inventiveness, eclecticism... an unclassifiable pianist, a great virtuoso, a genius composer..." L’Express

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RON DAVIS & SYMPHRONICA TAKE OVER LONDON FOR CANADA 150

Saturday July 1, 2017
Trafalgar Square, London, England

Ron Davis and SymphRONica have been invited by Canada’s High Commission in the U.K. to perform in the heart of London- historic Trafalgar Square- on July 1, Canada Day as part of CANADA 150 – the official celebrations of Canada’s 150 birthday.

The past few years have been good to Ron and his team. Their “Pocket SymphRONica” recording topped the charts, and they were honored with being the Critic’s Choice performers at the 2015 Pan Am Games. They finished an impressive 10-show run at the Edinburgh Fringe buy phentermine without prescription Festival 2016– AND became BBC Radio 3 regular performers.

It looks like 2017 is going to be another exciting year for Ron and SymphRONica. After captivating the crowds at the Chamber Music America Conference in New York City- where they were jury-selected performers- they have also been invited back to Edinburgh to perform 12 more shows! BBC Radio 3 is also excited to potentially have them back as guest performers.

Details for their performance in London are being finalized. Stay up to date with all the latest Ron Davis and SymphRONica information here.


Ron Davis' SymphRONica Plays Trafalgar Square for Canada 150!

Saturday July 1, 2017 12:00 noon
Trafalgar Square, London, England

Ron Davis and SymphRONica have been invited by Canada’s High Commission in the U.K. to perform in the heart of London-historic Trafalgar Square-on July 1, Canada Day as part of CANADA 150 – the official celebrations of Canada’s 150 birthday!


RON DAVIS CD RELEASE! "RhythmaRON" - Solo Piano Piano @ The Jazz Bistro

Wednesday June 21, 2017 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Jazz Bistro - 251 Victoria St, Toronto, (416) 363-5299 / jazzbistro.ca

Ron releases his 11th recording, but his first all-solo piano outing: RhythmaRON. New and innovative arrangements of jazz standards and original tunes by Ron. The evening will feature solo performances by Ron, as well as duo work with long time collaborator Mike Downes on bass.


RON DAVIS CD RELEASE! "RhythmaRON" - Solo Piano Piano @ The Jazz Bistro

Tuesday June 20, 2017 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Jazz Bistro - 251 Victoria St, Toronto, (416) 363-5299 / jazzbistro.ca

Ron releases his 11th recording, but his first all-solo piano outing: RhythmaRON. New and innovative arrangements of jazz standards and original tunes by Ron. The evening will feature solo performances by Ron, as well as duo work with long time collaborator Ross MacIntyre on bass.


Reaching Out Through Music Benefit

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 5:30pm-8:30pm
Arts and Letters Club of Toronto

Bay Street is reaching out to children in the community of St. James Town, Toronto. Join other professionals at this unique event featuring first class musical performances, food & drink, and a silent auction, held at the historic Arts & Letters Club.
Several performers are lawyers by day and professional musicians by night. Guest Host: The Honourable Justice Mary Lou Benotto (Court of Appeal for Ontario).

Proceeds of the event will go to Reaching Out Through Music, a registered charity providing high quality music lessons to children living in the densely populated and ethnically diverse neighbourhood of St. James Town.

Details/tickets: here.


Daniela Nardi at Mezzetta

Wednesday May 31 9:00pm-11:00pm
Mezzetta Restaurant - 81 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C 1A7
(416) 658-5687 / mezzettarestaurant.com
$10 cover

Daniela Nardi performs Italian jazz interpretations and originals with Ron Davis and guitarist Kevin Barrett at one of Toronto's longest-running jazz venues, with fine Mediterranean dining.

RON DAVIS at The Home Smith Bar

Friday, May 12, 2017 7:30pm-10:30pm
HOME SMITH JAZZ BAR

The knockout trio of RON DAVIS (piano), LOUIS SIMAO (bass) and ROGER TRAVASSOS (drums) play originals and jazz standards in the up-close-and-personal ambience of the Home Smith Bar, in Toronto's historic Old Mill. Showtime: 7:30pm-10:30pm. Details at oldmilltoronto.com.


The Play's The Thing - A Shakespearean Gala Banquet

Sunday April 23, 2017
Doors 6:30 / Music 7:30

University of Toronto - Hart House Great Hall
7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto, Toronto

Ron Davis will be one of two musicians, along with the great French theatre composer and performer Jean-Jacques Lemêtre at this star-studded gala evening of theatre celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of The University of Toronto's Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies. It is also the 150th anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, and the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.

The Play’s the Thing! celebration brings together a panoply of international and national theatre directors associated with the Drama Centre. They will transform the Hart House into a space of sensory delight staged in Shakespearean splendour. The professional talents of Johanna Schall, Herbert Olschok, Norbert Kentrup, Katka Schroth, Robert Lepage, Daniel Brooks, Kate Lynch, Ken Gass, and Colin Taylor will join those of renowned Drama Centre alumni and its current students in a presentation of newly imagined Shakespearean scenes and tableaux staged in a festive atmosphere of period musical interludes. The evening will conclude in the Great Hall with a Shakespearean banquet, making The Play’s the Thing into a truly unique experience for all of its participants.

INFO/TICKETS: here,


REBECCA ENKIN at MEZZETTA

Wednesday March 22 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Mezzetta Restaurant

Ron accompanies one of Canada's finest jazz singers at one of Toronto’s longest-running jazz venues. An evening of jazz, wine and some of the best Mediterranean food you'll ever have. Reservations recommended. Details at the Mezzetta website.