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by Ron Kaplan

Aptly entitled, this session embraces the musical perennials of a long ago era. Reminiscent of a distant time and place, these classic selections are sure to awaken the intimacy of a nostalgic moment from the past. alluring, enchanting, and provocative wit
Genre: Easy Listening: Cabaret
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I'm Just A Lucky So And So
4:14 $0.99
2. It Was A Very Good Year
4:46 $0.99
3. 'S Wonderful / I Got Rhythm
3:37 $0.99
4. Alfie
6:04 $0.99
5. Nice Work If You Can Get It
4:10 $0.99
6. Desafinado
3:21 $0.99
7. Willow Weep For Me
5:01 $0.99
8. Agua De Beber
3:42 $0.99
9. Who Can I Turn To
4:55 $0.99
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Santa Cruz vocalist Ron Kaplan's musical style is reminiscent of the great jazz vocalists of the 1950's. Critics note his sophisticated phrasing, tone and diction. They also recognize his ability to get to the heart of a song with his own mark of musicianship.
A third generation native of Los Angeles, Ron was born in Hollywood, California. He grew up in a musical household. His father was a trumpet player during the west coast jazz scene of the 1950's in L.A. His mother was an avid fan of vocal music during the heyday of the great American Jazz singers. The atmosphere was filled with music.

During his school years he developed his musical, acting, and comedy skills performing with the music and theatre departments and competing in speech tournaments. After high school he continued to study acting, standup comedy, music and broadcasting. In 1976 he received his Associate In Arts degree from L.A. Valley College. He then relocated up the California coast to the Monterey Bay area in central California to complete his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of California Santa Cruz. During this time he continued to write and perform music.

Along the way come a marriage, a family, and for the past 20 years, a successful Insurance Agency in Aptos, California. During this time Ron continued to study and absorb as much as possible about the history and discography of American jazz.

Over the past several years we find Mr. Kaplan refining his vocal technique and repertoire, and practicing his craft. He is the feature vocalist for his home town jazz ensemble Warmth that has been performing together for the past 30 years in Santa Cruz. In addition to founding Kapland Records in 1997 and completing his debut recording as Artist and Executive Producer, he has been performing regularly in the Monterey Bay area. RK has performed in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, and London. Ronald has also made Television appearances on Musicians Weekly and BETonJazz and is receiving airplay around the country and abroad with his recordings entitled : High Standards, Lounging Around, Dedicated & Jazz Ambassadors.

Ron was a finalist in the 2004 Jazz Ambassadors program through the Department of State and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. His audition recording, Jazz Ambassadors, is offered exclusively on the EuroClubdeJazz Showcase Label ... (as well as Kapland Records).

Ron Kaplan is the Executive Director of American Songbook Preservation Society a 501 (C) (3) not-for-profit Foundation dedicated to continuing the legacy of this great body of work and cultural treasure for future generations to discover and enjoy. Visit www.GreatAmericanSongbook.org

Ron Kaplan is available for Concerts, Festivals and Special Events as Guest Artist or with Ensemble. Recordings are available online at RonKaplan.com, CDBaby.com, and TowerRecords.com.

For additional and expanded bio infomation, visit www.ronkaplan.com or click on Ron's site at EuroClubdeJazz

©1999 Kapland Records



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Singer & Musician Magazine

A most enjoyable CD accentuated by Kaplan's easygoing, personable style.
SALOON The Ron Kaplan * Weber Iago Album www.ronkaplan.com
His latest release commemorates the 30th anniversary of The Tony Bennett and Bill Evans Album. On Saloon, Kaplan collaborates with Brazilian pianist Weber Iago for a most enjoyable CD accentuated by Kaplan's easygoing, personable style. Well executed and highly enjoyable, but not your typical jazz CD.

Brian J Moulton - Jazz Promoter

A class performance beautifiully presented and recorded
It is a delight that Ron's singing is reminiscent of the great vocalists of the past yet he stamps his own unique style on all the lovely songs on this CD.
This CD Saloon is a beautiful combination of classy singing,thoughtful piano backing and excellent recording engineering.
A must have CD

Richard Bourcier

Saloon would be a fine addition to your next quiet dinner
Review: Ron Kaplan is a crusader without a cape. His mission is to perpetuate the tradition of American popular song and everything that goes with it.
This, his fifth album, is aptly titled Saloon. The California – born jazz singer and his Brazilian born accompanist Weber Iago bring back the flavor the famed Tony Bennett – Bill Evans album for Fantasy in 1975. Saloon creates a similar mood without echoing the Bennett/ Evans songs themselves. Kaplan and Iago create the illusion of an intimate but classy little jazz room. The singer has a relaxed and elegant jazz style that lends itself perfectly to the compositions of Gershwin, Jobim, Ellington and Bacharach.
The duo doesn't dig too deeply through the years with the oldest pieces being the Duke's "I'm Just A Lucky So And So" and Gershwin's "I Got Rhythm" and "'S Wonderful" done in medley style. Most songs fall comfortably into the memories of anyone born within the last four decades. This reviewer's favorites are "Willow Weep For Me" and Jobim's "Agua De Beber." The latter features some inventive efforts by both singer and pianist. The album closes with a memorable reading of "Who Can I Turn To" penned by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley.
Saloon would be a fine addition to your next quiet dinner with someone special. It's a charmer!


Talent that is undeniable
This CD does exactly what it set out to do. It replaces the old saloon acts that usually featured one lonely crooner accompanied by an acoustic piano and a tip jar. It does this job so effectively, that I believe any smoky lounge or dark clinking glass romance joint could get away with just playing this instead of hiring an actual live act. Ron Kaplan may have just put hundreds of smooth characters out of business, but he did it with class, style, and talent that is undeniable. I recognize some pretty rock solid standards in here like "It Was A Very Good Year," and "I Got Rhythm." You'll recognize them when you hear them. Enjoy this fading genre while you still can.